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Sandy Socks the Poconos

EAST STROUDSBURG — More emergency shelters are opening their doors, providing a safe and warm place for people in need.

A mega-shelter opened at East Stroudsburg University.

FEMA is the point of contact.

Hours after Sandy blew through the Poconos, residents stopped hearing the sound of wind howling and started hearing crews cleaning up.

The Pocono news team started near Stroudsburg, where crews were clearing major roads of downed trees on wires.

Neighbors said the storm rocked the area.

“We haven’t had power since 8:30 last night,” Reporter: “How are you making due?” “We have a generator to keep the refrigerator going,” said Carl Cyphers of Stroud Township.

The Emergency Management Director for Monroe County said Stroudsburg is blacked out, which means there is no power.

Another hard hit area, the village of Shawnee on the Delaware, outside Delaware Water Gap. Huge trees were uprooted, lying across the roads, some on power lines, and others barely missing some cars.

“I heard a big crash, came outside, saw the tree across the yard. It just missed the wires and the cars,” said Joseph Didonato of Smithfield Township.

Northwest in the county, outside Mount Pocono cable crews were working to get more trees off wires.

One man said he’s thankful he wasn’t hurt.

“As I pulled into my driveway to go into my car port, I saw this gigantic pine tree come down on my car port, and literally, if I was five seconds (earlier), my car would have been crushed,” said Joe Miller of Pocono Pines.


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