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Downed Trees, Outages Remain After Weekend Snowstorm

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New Yorkers were still feeling on Monday the effects of Saturday's snow storm.

Consolidated Edison said hundreds of city customers remained without power, and most of them were in the Bronx.

The utility company said the delayed restoring of power is due to the extent of the damage from downed trees and wires in the borough.

Meanwhile, tree cleanup was underway in all of the city's parks on Monday.

Central Park lost an estimated 1,000 trees which fell after the wet snow weighed down branches that still had their leaves.

"Here in the south end of the park it looks like there was artillery shellings. Trees were just blown apart and in a way all species of trees were affected," said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

New Yorkers who spoke with NY1 say they were surprised at how much damage was done.

"Oh no, every spring they bloom. They're beautiful. They're gone, they're gone. I can't believe it," said one passerby.

"I was coming along there and it is such a pity. Such a great day and I was wondering how many of these are going to be permanently damaged," said another.

The Central Park Conservancy says 100 staffers are cleaning the park, focusing first on high-traffic areas.

The clean up is expected to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and continue through December.

A major tree replanting will take place in April 2012.

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While the parks are open, the city Parks Department is urging people to be careful when walking under trees.

The storm is already being blamed for the death of a Bronx woman after a power outage caused her oxygen machine to stop working.

Khewola Ramprasad died Saturday at her home on Heath Avenue.

Her nurse found the 77-year-old and realized the oxygen had stopped flowing.

Emergency crews were unable to revive her.

Saturday's heavy, wet snow is being called one of the worst storms to ever hit Western Massachusetts.

Hundreds of passengers on a Boston-bound Amtrak train were stranded for more than 14 hours yesterday.

More than 600,000 homes throughout Massachusetts are still in the dark.

In total, more than three million homes and businesses lost power across the Northeast.

Many of the outages are in Connecticut, where it could take a week or longer for power to be fully restored.

States of Emergency have been declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York.

In Pennsylvania, an 84-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on his home as he was sleeping.

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