On Monday of this past week, the National Weather Service’s meteorologists predicted a winter storm of epic proportions would hit the northeast coast of the United States that evening, continuing into Tuesday, potentially bringing more than three feet of snow, 65mph winds and devastating flooding to ocean front communities.
In anticipation of the crippling and potentially lethal effects the storm would have upon New York State, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio placed a driving ban on non-essential vehicles throughout the city, suspended subway and bus services Monday night at 11pm and the New York Port Authority closed the Hudson River crossings. NYC’s Department of Sanitation had more than 1,800 trucks on the ready to snow plow and 126,000 tons of salt and sand to cover the roads. Both the Governor and Mayor asked all residents to stay indoors for their own safety.
Spring Creek Towers’ Maintenance Department and Public Safety also prepared for the blizzard. The entire staff worked around-the-clock to ensure the roads, pathways and other thoroughfares within the complex were cleared of snow. When the announcement of the pending storm was initially made, members of the maintenance staff inspected equipment, tools and vehicles and followed their snow removal work protocol. As soon as the snowfall reached about 2 ½ to 3 inches, the members of the department began shoveling, plowing and salting so that the snow did not build up or form patches of ice.
Fortunately New York City was spared the brunt of the storm and received only 7-9 inches of snow. Other regions of New York State and states along the northeast coast did not fare as well. According to the National Weather Service, Eastern Long Island received between 24-30 inches of snow and Boston saw 24.4 inches, while other parts of Massachusetts like Nantucket lost power and Scituate flooded.
Photos: Jean Holden and Amanda Moses
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Avoiding the Cold Bitter Chill of Winter
It’s important to dress warm and avoid traveling during snowstorms like Winter Storm Juno, which hit our fair city earlier this week. Cold temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite if travelers do not dress appropriately.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management has compiled a list of Winter Health and Safety Tips:
- Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by keeping warm.
- Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head.
- Wear layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth.
- Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
- Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it.
Recognize symptoms of cold weather illnesses such as frostbite and hypothermia:
- Hypothermia: symptoms include slurred speech, sluggishness, confusion, dizziness, shallow breathing, unusual behavior, and slow, irregular heartbeat.
- Frostbite: symptoms include gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and waxy feeling skin.
- If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, bring him or her someplace warm and seek medical help immediately or call 911.
- If medical help is unavailable, re-warm the person, starting at the core of their body. Warming arms and legs first can increase circulation of cold blood to the heart, which can lead to heart failure. Use a blanket, or if necessary, your own body heat to warm the person.
- Do not give a person suffering frostbite or hypothermia alcohol or caffeine, both of which can worsen the condition. Instead, give the patient a cup of warm broth. Be careful when driving
- Whenever possible, avoid driving in a winter storm. If you must go out, it is safer to take public transportation.
- Avoid traveling alone, but if you do so, let someone know your destination, route and when you expect to arrive.
- Listen to the radio or call the state highway patrol for the latest road conditions.
- Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible; these roadways will be cleared first.
- Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
- Four-wheel drive vehicles may make it easier to drive on snow-covered roads, but they do not stop quicker than other vehicles.
- If you skid, steer in the direction you want the car to go and straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction.
- Know your vehicle’s braking system. Vehicles with antilock brakes require a different braking technique than vehicles without antilock brakes in icy or snowy conditions.
- Try to keep your vehicle’s gas tank as full as possible. If you are stuck in the road:
- Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety unless help is visible within 100 yards. You could become disoriented in blowing snow.
- Display a trouble sign if you need help; tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna and raise the hood to alert rescuers.
- Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Leave the overhead light on when the car is running so you can be seen.
- Move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
- Keep one window slightly open to let in fresh air. Use a window that is opposite the direction the wind is blowing.
For more tips go to www.nyc.gov