11/02/2012 09:51 am ET

Staten Island Ferry To Resume Service Friday After Hurricane Shutdown, Departs At St. George At Noon

The city announced the Staten Island Ferry will restore service to commuters starting Friday at noon.

The ferry will depart at St. George with half-hourly service in both directions.

Staten Island saw some of the Hurricane Sandy's worst devastation.

19 have been killed in the borough alone, nearly half of the city's death toll.

Claire Reagn of The Staten Island Advance told HuffPost Live, "The stories are harrowing and it's hard not to get emotional. Nothing could ever compare to [9/11], but there are a lot of the same emotions."

A mother lost two of her children, ages 2 and 4, when they were swept up by the storm's surge on Monday. Their bodies were discovered on Thursday.