October Storm Tests OWS Protesters at Zuccotti Park

Early snow a taste of winter for those camped out at Zuccotti Park

A freak October storm was a taste for what's to come for the demonstrators camping out at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan for the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Nick Lemmin, 25, of Brooklyn, spent his first night camping out at the plaza. He slept in a sleeping bag, and had on extra layers — thermals, a sweatshirt, a scarf.

"I slept actually pretty well," he said. "It was pretty quiet."

He said the OWS demonstrators were prepared for the weather, with tents. "Once you're in a tent, it's pretty warm," he said.

Lemmin thought the early snow was actually helpful, that it gave the protesters a chance to see how cold weather would be before it sets in more permanently.

"I think it's a good test," he said.

With the temperature dropping, protestors are stockpiling donated coats, blankets and scarves, trying to secure cots and military-grade tents, and getting survival tips from the homeless people who have joined their encampments.

Gas-powered generators at Zuccotti Park had been confiscated by the FDNY, according to the New York Post, which also reported Sunday that three people from Zuccotti Park went to the hospital with cold-related ailments.

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