MN natives on East Coast still without power

6:08 PM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
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People walk through a darkened street using flashlights as a police spotlight shines behind them during a Nor’Easter snowstorm in the Rockaway neighborhood on November 7, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The Rockaway Peninsula was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy and some are evacuating ahead of the coming storm.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Heavy snow and strong winds toppled power lines putting people on the East Coast in the dark, some for the second time.

Mother Nature's encore has stymied recovery in some of the hardest hit areas. It's testing the patience of Julie Hirshenson who is six and a half months pregnant with her first child. The Twin Cities native lives in New Jersey and has been without power for 10 ten days.

"The projections were originally yesterday and now our town website is saying that we should have power up by Saturday. But I don't really trust that the power will be back," Hirshenson said.

An estimated 750,000 other people are also still in the dark.

Nora Hewson-Stech moved from Maple Grove to Staten Island just two months ago. The power is back on in her home. Now she's helping others.

She started a Facebook group called "Staten Island Rescue" where people can find information on rescue efforts.

"There are people there that are still devastated and will continue to be devastated by this aftermath and we don't need to away from this," Hewson-Stech said.

Clean-up efforts continue to be difficult but at least for now the storm is moving off the coast.

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