Heavy wind, rain, snow and sleet are bringing more misery to people on Long Island and throughout our area. Driving is not only hazardous, but treacherous. Snow is accumulating on roadways faster than plows can clear them. While still trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy, our area was unprepared for the early onslaught of winter.
During the 2 1/2 hours it took us to drive from Manhattan to Manhasset in Nassau County, we saw a number of accidents with cars spinning out of control. Portions of the Long Island Expressway had to be closed because of icy conditions. The weight of snow on branches brought down trees, many of which toppled onto power lines, creating additional power outages on Long Island.
Making matters worse for drivers sitting in traffic as their gas tanks dwindled, was the still scarce supply of gas. Many stations remained closed. Long lines of cars lined up at stations that still had supplies.