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Downtown Ossining Quiet As Hurricane Sandy Brews

John Voulgaris of Dobbs Ferry adds extra lines on his boat Monday morning in the Ossining marina to keep it safe from Hurricane Sandy.
John Voulgaris of Dobbs Ferry adds extra lines on his boat Monday morning in the Ossining marina to keep it safe from Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

OSSINING, N.Y. — Ossining's streets were quiet Monday morning except for the occasional person rushing to get a taxi. The wind picked up, and signs and traffic lights danced on their lines.

Hurricane Sandy is coming.

John Voulgaris of Dobbs Ferry arrived to the marina through the Ossining train station Monday morning to add extra lines to his boat. He was just in time, too: The Hudson River had already begun to creep over into the parking lot of The Boathouse.

"I'm not too worried," he said, adding that his boat made it through Tropical Storm Irene last year. "Just trying to take the right precautions."

Over the weekend, downtown Ossining was full of people trying to buy food and supplies for what weather stations said could be a super storm worse than last year's  Irene. Monday morning, however, only the wind could be heard through the streets.

By 11 a.m. Monday, wind was already pushing 40 mph in Ossining. The rain, which forecasters said could gather up to 6 inches in some areas, hadn't started for real, but with the wind and high tide of the full moon, the river was already starting to swell.

Though his 14-year-old daughter had school canceled, Dan Sladkus of Briarcliff said he and his wife still had to go to work.

"She's catching up on studying," he said.

Though Sladkus didn't seem worried about flooding, his home in Briarcliff has been vulnerable to power outages during the last few storms, he said. They lost power for five days during Irene and five days during "Snowbtober" last year.

Like Sladkus, Lorenzo Black of Ossining attempted to take all the necessary precautions, but because his neighborhood is surrounded by trees that Sandy's winds could push on power lines, he said he is worried he hasn't done enough.

"I didn't find any D batteries," Black said. "Food-wise, water-wise, I'm OK. But it doesn't really make much of a difference when the power goes out, does it?"

A high wind warning remains throughout southern portions of New York, and the strongest gusts could produce up to 80-mph wind gusts Monday night. Ossining residents should take outside furniture into their homes, as objects are likely to become airborne, officials said. Rainfall is expected to begin as early as 1 p.m.

For more updates on Hurricane Sandy, check back with The Ossining Daily Voice .

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