Nor'easter "icing on the cake" for devastated Staten Island
(CBS News) Staten Islanders had just started to pick up the pieces after superstorm Sandy when they were again threatened, this time by a nor'easter.
The New York Police Department didn't take any chances with this storm in the already-ravaged coastal communities of Staten Island. Police were not forcing residents to leave this area, but urged people to leave, making them aware of the threat over a loud speaker in low-lying communities.
Wet snow mixed with wind gusts from the nor'easter blasted flood-prone neighborhoods on Staten Island devastated by Sandy.
David Weaver, who helped a Staten Island friend clean up before the storm set in, said the second storm has made life miserable. He said, "Now people have to worry about heat and not dying, and, you know, surviving. (The second storm is) definitely, really, the icing on the cake."
(Watch CBS News station WFOR meteorologist David Bernard's forecast in the video below.)
The aid distribution site at Miller Field was bustling before the storm -- but not because aid was being handed out. Bill Hind, an aid distribution worker, helped pack up supplies. He said prior to the storm, "People have come ... for assistance and we have been able to grant it to them, but we have to get away from the storm, we have to ahead of it, so none of this stuff gets ruined. We have a lot of food we had to put in the trailers. Everything just has to get put away today."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CBS News these communities are fragile and any storm or even a gust of wind is a problem. He said, "We have to worry about (the storm) and then we're going to turn towards the long-term recovery."
About 60,000 people who lost their electricity thanks to Sandy were knocked in the dark again because of the nor'easter. One of the other long-term concerns with storms coming after Sandy is the damage to coastal communities and barrier areas that used to protect coastal communities, such as those on Staten Island.
For more, watch Seth Doane's full report in the video above.
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