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Storm Hub: 4 Deaths in Lower Hudson Valley

The Sound Shore's guide to road closures, power outages, foul weather and more.

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After the storm

Hurricane Sandy has claimed four lives in the Lower Hudson Valley.

A tree crashed through a home in Pearl River at about 6 p.m. Monday, killing a 51-year-old man and placing his family in the hospital.

In North Salem, a tree came down Monday evening, killing two middle school-aged boys.

A motorist on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh died due to storm conditions Monday evening, as well, according to state police.

The storm—an amalgam of several foul weather patterns—brought its worst rains and winds through the region between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday.

The National Hurricane Center was no longer labeling Sandy a hurricane as of 7 p.m. Monday, as it teetered on the edge of the northeast coastline—but the squall still held amazing power.

Nearly all municipalities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam declared states of emergency, with evacuations in effect in Port Chester, Piermont, Yonkers and other villages and cities. Hundreds of thousands throughout the three counties will be without electricity for up to a week, power companies have said.

Roads Tuesday afternoon were populated by emergency vehicles, branches and debris; the Tappan Zee Bridge closed for several hours due to whipping winds.

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Update, Tuesday, 2 a.m.

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Update: Monday, 7 p.m.

Rye City Police: Dangerous Waters and Coastal Flooding; Heed All Warnings

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m.

City of Rye officials have declared a state of emergency and directed mandatory evacuation of the Category 1 Hurricane inundation zone by 4 p.m. today, Oct. 29, 2012.

Tidal surge is expected to cause unprecendented coastal flooding during high tide tonight. Please relocate to higher ground. During high winds and flooding rescue operations will be unsafe. 

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Road closures and power outages

  • Local Road Closures, 12 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29:  Rye Town Park and Dearborn Avenue east of Forest Avenue are closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; Milton Road closed near Dearborn Avenue, flooding. Forest Avenue closed at Hewlett Avenue, fallen tree. No access to or from Milton Point at this time. Be safe...do not drive through standing water.
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will begin the orderly suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service at 7 p.m. Sunday to protect customers, employees and equipment from the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Tappan Zee Bridge speed limit cut to 35 mph due to high winds. If winds reach 60 mph or more the bridge will be closed to traffic.

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Cancellations and rain dates (Please add your closure or cancellation in the comments.)

  • Rye City Closures: 

City Hall, Rye Recreation, and the Rye Golf Club will be closing at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29th due to Hurricane Sandy. 

  • Schools Closed: All public school disricts- Port Chester, Rye and Blind Brook, have canceled school for Monday, Oct. 29. We will hear about Tuesday cancellations by Monday afternoon. 
  • Blind Brook, Rye City and Port Chester Schools will be closed Tuesday.
  • Organizations Closed: The Clay Arts Center, Rye YMCA, Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library, The Rye Ambulatory Surgery Center, and all BOCES buildings are closed Monday, Oct. 29. 
  • The Rye Library Halloween Parade scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed.
  • CITY OF RYE: The City of Rye has suspended garbage collection on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • Rye YMCA will remain closed at least through Tuesday morning. 
  • Restaurants: Rye Grill and Bar and Willet House announced their closures on Monday on Facebook. 
  • Westchester County: Because of the threat of inclement weather, the regular meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) scheduled for Oct. 29 has been changed from 7 PM to 11 AM.
  • Westchester County: The scheduled celebration of Italian Heritage Month planned for Monday evening before the BOL meeting has been postponed. A new date for the celebration has not been decided yet.
  • Westchester County: The veterans town hall scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30 is cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date. 

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Patch's full coverage

  • Hundreds Already Without Power in Rye Area 
  • Rye Emergency Shelter Open at Rye Country Day
  • [UPDATED] Red Cross Opens Five Emergency Shelters in Westchester
  • Rye Police: Move Cars to Higher Ground
  • Rye Brook: Emergency Shelter Open
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  • How You Can Prep For Hurricane Sandy [VIDEO]
  • Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for New York
  • NYS Thruway Preps for Hurricane Sandy
  • Astorino Urges Residents to Prepare for Storm
  • Video: MTA Prepping for Storm
  • Storm Preparation: Do You Have A Checklist?

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