Wikinews interviews Peter Coti, eyewitness to north eastern US storm

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Wikinews reporter Mike Morales interviews fellow Wikinews contributor Peter Coti, who is on the scene at a north eastern storm in the United States in New Jersey. Coti tells Wikinews what happened in the area of Ridgewood, New Jersey and provided pictures of the damage and area.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.png((Mike MoralesWikinews waves Right.png)) Could you explain the circumstances of the incident?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Peter CotiWikinews waves Right.png)) Well on the morning of Saturday it was a normal storm. Bit windier then a normal one though. Then at 4:30 EST (local time) power went out because of a downed tree. I went to church. When I got home it was like war of the worlds.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) How so?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) Wind gusts up to 90MPH [~145 km/h]. And trees falling all over. And White, Red and blue explosions of transformers. All around town.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you know which areas are affected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) All of ridgewoo NJ [sic, Ridgewood, New Jersey]. Actually according to many people Bergan County was affected; ALL of it and southern parts of New York.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) Besides trees, what other damage occurred?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, signs are on 45 degree angles, but trees are blocking roads and there are powerlines in [half].

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) Are there any damages to buildings?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) Not that I have seen. The major problem is the trees. They are blocking main roads.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you know of any injuries to people?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) Yes, I know of at least 3 deaths and 5 injuries.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) Are there any details of these deaths and injuries?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) I know a tree fell on someone's car.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) How long until power is restored[?]

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) They say in 2 days. I want to add the fact transformers lit the sky up for miles. Some for a few sec[onds], some for 30 [seconds]. Also power is back for businesses.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) How are emergency services responding?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) Well I have been told that every volunteer and cop is on duty. Also all police resources are being used from undercover cars to bikes. Anything with a siren really.

Wikinews waves Left.png((MMWikinews waves Right.png)) How are the telephone services and other forms of communication working?

Wikinews waves Left.png((PCWikinews waves Right.png)) There are no phone lines working. [Wireless phones] are the only way to communicate and... Mi-Fi. It's a portable router.

Gallery

A fallen tree from where Coti reported. Image: Peter Coti.
A fallen tree from where Coti reported.
Image: Peter Coti.
Another fallen tree in Ridgewood. Image: Peter Coti.
Another fallen tree in Ridgewood.
Image: Peter Coti.
Another fallen tree. Image: Peter Coti.
Another fallen tree.
Image: Peter Coti.
A fallen pole. Image: Peter Coti.
Yet another fallen tree.
Image: Peter Coti.
On-scene police vehicle. Image: Peter Coti.
On-scene police vehicle.
Image: Peter Coti.


Sources

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