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Crews Hoping To Get Roads And Rails Back On Track After Winter Storm Hits Long Island

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- A mix of icy rain is exiting Long Island after our miserable Monday.

Trains, planes, and automobiles were all paused, and now are working to get back to normal.

As CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports, the first trains rolled just after 4:30 a.m. Platforms were cleared after the LIRR shutdown, and tickets purchased for Tuesday's weekend service schedule.

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It was safer than traveling on Long Island roads that experienced nearly 200 crashes.

That means Liz Cary-Amarante won't be driving to work.

"The rain, the snow the low temperatures, especially when it freezes over, it can be very dangerous," Cary-Amarante said.

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Across from the main line in Mineola, the Station Plaza Diner was serving up eggs and bacon after Monday's misery.

"The weather got worse, so we ended up closing early so everyone could go home safe," said Peter Vatakis.

Like other struggling small businesses, they were thrilled they could reopen.

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"Weathering the storm, we're here for everybody. The hospital is here, big supporter for us. We'll get by this," said George Arniotis.

The diner, luckily, has a loyal following from NYU Langone Hospital around the corner.

"I work at the hospital. I come here every day, I love it here," one person said.

"They're very helpful, and they are open in bad weather. They're here," said another.

"We have breakfast every morning, it's my husband and I best time together. We love coming here," another diner said.

"You feel for these establishments in these times. Hopefully, we get out of it soon and everything turns around and they'll be bigger and better than ever," said one person.

PSEG LI reports minor power outages. COVID testing sites have reopened.

Some Long Island schools that closed Monday returned to remote learning Tuesday.

Robert Moses, Gilgo and Jones Beaches suffered moderate erosion. High tide flooding has receded.


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