Staten Island Under State of Emergency After Snowstorm

It's the only borough in NYC to be declared in a state of emergency

Sunday, Oct 30, 2011  |  Updated 5:02 PM EDT
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Staten Island Under State of Emergency After Snowstorm

NBC New York

While the snow wasn't overwhelming, high winds took down trees and power lines across Staten Island. It was the only borough in New York City that was included in Gov. Cuomo's state of emergency.

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With its location on the coast and exposure to high winds, Staten Island was particularly susceptible to downed trees and power lines, making it the only borough in New York City to be declared under a state of emergency by Gov. Cuomo.

About a half-inch to 3.5 inches of snow fell across Staten Island, but mixed with high winds, the area saw plenty of downed trees and power lines.

NBC New York viewer Michelle Gennari reported on Facebook, "We lost power yesterday afternoon from 3 p.m. until about 9 p.m. We have three downed trees here on my block and one around the corner from my house."

Added Ed Dineen, "Lost power in Prince's Bay for about five hours. Lots of tree limbs on the ground."

Others in the area appeared to be managing well, though, with Kristen Showty saying, "I didn't think it was too bad. I'm close to the Verrazano Bridge, and all wasn't bad."

Staten Island borough president James Molinaro told NBC New York there were about 11,000 customers without electricity Saturday night but the number was reduced to about 3,400 by noon Sunday. The outages were scattered across the borough, but were expected to be back restored by evening.

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