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Hard Hit Brooklyn Areas Brace For What New Storm May Bring

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Residents in the Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island sections of Brooklyn made whatever preparations they could ahead of Wednesday's nor'easter as they continue to reel from the devastation left behind from Sandy. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.

For Sheepshead Bay resident Yuriy Sherman, the six-foot watermark Sandy left while destroying his basement is a good reminder of why he's still without power, and why he has to dodge Wednesday's nor'easter.

"Not scared for me and my wife. I don't know what to do with the kids, got to send them away somewhere with friends. They cannot survive here: this weather, this cold house," Sherman noted.

Bob Venezia, Sheman's neighbor, said he is staying. He spent Wednesday morning tying down as much as he could, even the stuff that's ruined.

"I'll secure that and bring that inside. But everything is gone. On the side you can see what I did, secured the patio furniture down. That's all secured on the side of the house," explained Venezia.

On Surf Avenue in Coney Island, food trucks were doing a brisk business ahead of the nor'easter. A Verizon mobile truck was letting folks juice up their devices and several blocks away on Neptune Avenue police were directing dozens of cars at a Mobil station, one of the lucky ones that got gas delivered overnight. But the station ran out, after seven hours of continuous pumping.

Richie Bono of Coney Island was one of the luckier ones able to fill up both his van and containers.

"There's one for my friend, one for mine, and my work truck," Bono said.

Igor Cherem was not so lucky in getting gas for his generator ahead of the nor'easter.

"I go around to many stations that are closed, and some have special lines for cans. But here, no special line for gas," Cherem said.

For now, with pockets of Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay without power, most who spoke with NY1 say they're staying put. Many say they will take their chances knowing the nor'easter couldn't be as bad as Sandy but that it certainly adds insult to injury. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP