Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snow and Ice Cover Brooklyn, NYC: Parks Closed, Power Out, Subway, Amtrak Changes

Record ice, snow and freezing rain have caused New York City to order all city parks closed as tree branches crash to the ground in the biggest pre-Halloween snowstorm ever recorded. Heavy snow and strong wind gusts, combined with full leaves still on trees, are damaging thousands of trees in parks throughout the City.

According to Con Edison, nearly 600 customers were without power in Brooklyn at 8:40 p.m. while in Staten Island more than 8,000 customers were out. In the Bronx and Westchester, tens of thousands have lost power.

The subways are experiencing system-wide service changes and service delays affecting the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, B, C, and D among others. Amtrak is currently holding all eastbound Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains (that travel between New York and Boston) in Penn Station, New York, due to signal issues on Metro North's New Haven Line. Several other Metro North lines are also experiencing delays or suspensions. Amtrak customers should contact Amtrak at 1-800-USARAIL, for information on their specific train. Visit for updates concerning Metro North.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday, along with a coastal flood advisory and high surf advisory.

Photo by MK Metz

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