MANHATTAN BEACH - Homeowners across Brooklyn are assessing the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

In Manhattan Beach, as in many coastal communities, residents are dealing with garage, basement and first-floor flooding, as well as significant property destruction.

In addition, high winds caused trees and power lines to collapse, cutting power to thousands of residents across the borough.

Despite orders from Mayor Bloomberg's office to evacuate, some residents refused to leave their homes. "I stayed here last night just to make sure everything was OK," resident Robert Gervertzman said.

The storm made landfall on Coney Island this morning, and has since moved into New England.