[UPDATE] Hurricane Sandy: Number of People Using Shelters Rises with Storm's Intensity

50 Red Cross volunteers assisting at shelters throughout the area.

UPDATE (2 p.m. Tuesday): Emergency shelters in Westchester County will continue to be open tonight for residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy, according to the American Red Cross.

Shelters will remain open on a day-to-day basis, according to the Red Cross' Carolyn Sherwin.

Here are the latest numbers of people who were using local emergency shelters:

- Mamaroneck: 65

- Greenwich: 115

- New Rochelle: 11

- Port Chester: 57

- Mount Vernon: 19

- Mount Kisco: 7

- Yonkers: 50 (the Yonkers PAL is now being used to for shelter after the shelter at Lincoln High School was closed Monday night)

As Westchester residents recover from the storm, the Red Cross suggests that residents check in on their neighbors to make sure they are OK. Additionally, the Red Cross urges residents to heed local emergency orders.


As severe winds continued to pound Westchester through the night Monday, more and more people were taking refuge in emergency shelters staffed by about 50 Red Cross volunteers.

Estimates put the number of people at local shelters are more than 200, including:

- As of about 9 p.m., there were 26 people at the emergency shelter set up at Port Chester High School.

In Yonkers, there were nearly 50 people seeking shelter at Lincoln High School and at the Yonkers Pal.

- In Mount Vernon, there were 24 people

- About 60 people at the emergency shelter in Mamaroneck.

- In nearby Greenwich, CT, there were 56 people seeking shelter in a local school.

- In Mount Kisco, so far just one person has sought shelter.


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