Snow, high winds hitting areas devastated by Sandy
November 8th, 2012
07:18 PM ET

Snow, high winds hitting areas devastated by Sandy

Editor's note: A nor'easter has been hitting parts of the U.S. Northeast with heavy snow and strong winds since yesterday, cruelly complicating recovery efforts from last week's Superstorm Sandy and interrupting power for some weary residents who had just gotten it restored.

[Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET] A resident of Tom's River, a New Jersey community hard-hit by Sandy last week, tells CNN that the nor'easter's 5 to 7 inches of snow this week made things more difficult for people in the area.

Keith Paul said he's fortunate that his house still is standing, because homes a block away were toppled. His home hasn't had power since last week, and while a neighbor let him use a generator, this week's nor'easter complicated things.

"I had a generator from somebody who got their power back ... but now their power went back out because (of) the heavy snow," Paul said. "And it's just happening all over."

[Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET] Here's something not directly related to this week's nor'easter, but related to how to region still is coping with Sandy: New York City and both of Long Island's counties have ordered a temporary gasoline-rationing system starting Friday morning in which people there can buy fuel only on certain days, depending on their license-plate numbers.

New Jersey started a similar, temporary system last weekend in 12 counties.

[Updated at 1:14 p.m. ET] Superstorm Sandy inflicted an estimated $33 billion in losses on the state of New York and $50 billion across the region, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says.

[Updated at 12:26 p.m. ET] A resident of West Hempstead, New York, says he and his family finally got power restored to their home yesterday around noon, more than a week after Sandy hit. Then came the the nor'easter, and he was back in the dark and cold.

Joshua A. Martinez told CNN's iReport.com that the power went out again around 12:55 a.m. Thursday, just more than 12 hours after it was restored. His home, which he had heated to 68 degrees, quickly chilled the interior was down to 63 degrees in minutes, he said.

So for now, it's back to layers of clothes and covering up with about five blankets at night, he says.

[Updated at 12:11 p.m. ET] We have some context for some of the snowfall totals we gave you earlier today. We said that Newark, New Jersey, had 6.2 inches of snow as of 9 a.m. CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller now tells us that's more snow than Newark averages for the months of November and December combined (5.8 inches).

Similarly, the 8 inches the Bridgeport, Connecticut, received by 9 a.m. Thursday is well above the city's November/December combined average of 6.2 inches.

The 4.7 inches of snow that fell in Central Park, New York, comes close to its combined November/December average of 5.1 inches.

[Updated at 11:51 a.m. ET] More information about how the nor'easter set back power restoration efforts in New Jersey: The storm knocked out power in some areas even as crews were working in the snow to end days-old power outages in other locations, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

He said 390,746 customers in New Jersey were without power on Thursday morning, up 19,000 from Wednesday. About 167,000 of the total were outages related to the nor'easter, Christie said at a news conference late Thursday morning in Somerset, New Jersey.

Christie said most New Jersey customers with the exception of those in the barrier islands hard-hit by Sandy between Point Pleasant Beach and Seaside Heights would have their power restored by Saturday. Had it not been for the nor'easter, that day would have been Friday, he said.

[Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET] We're getting more information from CNN's weather team about how this powerful and untimely nor’easter continues to affect portions of the Northeast today.

The center of the storm is just south of Cape Cod and is bringing rain and snow to Long Island, New York; Rhode Island; and eastern Massachusetts.

So what does that mean for those areas? There'll be below-freezing low temperatures in areas hit by Sandy for the next one or two mornings.

CNN iReport: Are you there?

The cold weather will create additional dangers or challenges for those without power. As of 9 a.m ET, 330,309 people are without power in New Jersey and 218,469 people are powerless in New York from the nor’easter.

Most wind advisories have been canceled across the Northeast with the exception of coastal Massachusetts. They are in effect until 3 p.m. ET. In those areas, expect gusts up to 45 mph as the center of the storm passes by Cape Cod.

One of the highest wind gusts reported Wednesday was measured 6 miles offshore in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Winds gusted up to 76 mph, which just so you know, is stronger than a Category 1 hurricane.

Snowfall totals topped a foot in parts of Connecticut and New Jersey. Other reports of snowfall reaching 3 to 6 inches were received across New England, including areas along the coast.

Multiple daily snowfall records were set with Wednesday’s snow, and here are a few of them as of 9 this morning.

  • Central Park in New York: 4.3 inches
  • Newark, New Jersey:  6.2 inches
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: 8.0 inches
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: 5.2 inches
  • Kennedy, New York: 4 inches
  • Hartford, Connecticut: 3.4 inches
  • Islip, New York: 4 inches

[Posted at 8:54 a.m. ET] Superstorm Sandy had already destroyed or damaged their homes, but they had finally gotten their power back after about a week. Residents in the Northeast had weathered the cold and the dark but were getting some much-needed warmth at last. And then just like that the power went out again.

A nor'easter tore through the same area that saw homes flooded, massive power outages and widespread damage last week, covering the region now in snow as much as 13 inches in some parts of New Jersey or Connecticut.

Early weather forecasts had predicted rain and perhaps a dusting for Wednesday. But in many places, including Staten Island, New York, people found themselves sleeping in cold homes without power and waking up Thursday to 2 feet of snow outside, CNN's Rob Marciano reported.

Winds ranging from 45 to 75 mph in Northeastern states shook the wet and already weakened trees. Branches toppled power lines, and again lights began to flicker in homes where many thought maybe, just maybe, they were finally out of the woods.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had sounded the alarm all along. Bloomberg warned residents Tuesday that already-damaged areas could see more water and wind, creating new devastation. He urged them to stay inside and get off the roads.

"I can see us moving backward," Christie said of the possible impact the nor'easter could have on progress made following Sandy.

In Asbury Park, New Jersey, crews were already back out in the slushy streets still full of debris from the earlier storm.

In a hotel, utility crews from other states had packed a ballroom and were sleeping in cots after helping restore service following Sandy, CNN's Susan Candiotti reported.

"They had made progress yesterday," Candiotti said. "But (by the) end of day when snow came down, they already knew they were losing more power than they had restored."

The good news for New York and New Jersey is that crews are back up and at it again Thursday morning to restore power. And the sun is beaming down on the snow, which residents said they hoped would quickly disappear.

The bad news is the storm is working its way up the coast, and residents in Massachusetts will see strong winds coming their way. The storm front will linger over the northern part of New Hampshire and Maine, the National Weather Service said, and it is expected to bring a few more inches of snow to that area.

soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. icantdrivee55

    Nature is a mother

    November 8, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. NOT MY CHAIR

    lol yea good luck with that. you call on the lord while sitting in a dark freezing home just make sure you tell the nice utility people that are repairing everything to go away cause god has your back...

    November 8, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ameehol

      are you for real? Read my post (from the bible belt) that we sent people up there to help and they were refused because they were not union. we do believe in God but he does give people the good sense to accept help, get out of the way of danger and take care of themselves. A church group sent a mobile food truck that they could cook out of and was told they didn't want their help. They went to a veterans group and fixed food for them, One day you might be glad and grateful to have people to help you when you are down and you know what we will be there still.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • JoyceinDE

      That's why we have a backup generator and heat source

      November 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Really?

    So you are throwing everyone of your same religion (and those whom you are supposed to be compassionate for anyways) under the bus due to their geography? Pretty Low.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • obama yo mama

      How about this: I don't give a rat's butt about these people because they live in a liberal area. They are collecting donations here in my midwest area for people affected by the storm and for the first time ever in one of these things, I am not opening my wallet to liberals. Let the government do it. That's what they alwys vote for and where my money will go in larger portions. I figure, you want to demonize those who have money – fine, but don't expect me to come help you!

      November 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      yo mama pigs like you will get rewarded for all the hate you spew! You will recive help when(and I hope its real, real soon) you,ll take it than like the worthless republican you are will curse those helping you . Next time you need help( and it will soon) ask the fellow American helping you their party affiliation.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      I'm sleepless in New York, New York, reading these arguments and agreeing with @ s kel.
      Many good people here are suffering.
      I don't think that they are being punished for their Obama votes.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Damn JIF bro. Im sorry your having such a hard time sleeping. Hopefully tonight( firday)you'll get the rest you deserve and need.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donbo

    Don't believe everything you read, and I'm not talking about the article on the storm.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. jay

    Too all the power crews and first responders who traveled to NJ/NY to assist: THANK YOU!

    November 8, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • MCR

      Amen to that!

      November 8, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Definitely our heroes. I can't adequately express just how grateful we are. Stay safe!

      November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Canada: America's Hat

    yes, because He clearly has time to save all the little people.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Safe in Texas

      He couldn't care less about the little people. All the poor, indigent people that voted for him so they could get Obamaphones are out of luck with him as POTUS. I hope they all get what they deserve! I'm watching my 401(k) dwindle but most of the fools that voted for him don't have a job, much less a savings/retirement account. They just suck off of us.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Pearl of Wisdom

      Nope. It is Borat's fault.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan Maddern

      why dont you move to canada if your so unhappy.Take your money out of the stock market.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessie

      Wow. Are you serious? About 1/4 th of Americans do not have jobs! (Sarcastic)

      November 8, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • You Need to Leave TX

      You are ignorant and stupid! I am embarrased for you and I am from Texas. You pass on the misconception that people from TX are like you! I am educated, have a 401, savings & checking account and additional retirement fund! Please please please stop talking!

      November 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Either your 401k is only 2 weeks old or you are lying. My 401k is worth 3 times what it was after G W Bush and his cronies got done pillaging it.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KFTC

      A&G rules!

      November 8, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • poppiesnoppie

      Blame t on Canada.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil smith2

    He will only answer prayers for the 1%.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. tucsnad

    What ever is causing the weather to change it's changing. I tend to believe the bottled water giants and natural gas is more to blame. How many lakes and rivers have the bottle water giants caused to dry up because they can take as much as they want? Natural gas leaks have caused lakes to dry up.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      Bottled water giants ... seriously?? Do some math and figure out how big the great lakes are.... everyone will drown before drinking 10% of that water.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      Nature is not changing. This was a very placid hurricane season. The only two storms of note - one weak CAT 1 hurricane and a relatively ho hum noreaster - just happened to hit the most overpopulated and overdeveloped 50 square miles of land in the U.S.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Ben is right; we have experienced a very weak season this year. It was not the severity of the systems, it was where these 2 storms landed, & how close together.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Look up T. Boone Pickens and water – He is betting water is the next oil. He put $100 million on it. They also say his project is actually draining the great lakes.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. SANNI SHUAIB

    I sincerely pray for the American's that the storm shall be over in Jesus name.A victory for Obama a victory for the Ame

    November 8, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      It's because NJ went Obama that millions of Americans who are unemployed don't care about the people of NJ. Why should they? When NJ went Obama, they showed they don't care about the unemployed and economically disadvantaged.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Ben- it's over, Obama won, lick your republican wounds, move on, now let us get rid of the tea party and a select number of republicans and we can move forward.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. HAnk

    These are the storms liberals admit they are thankful for and you dummies voted for them.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    He created all things? Like Snow and Rain and Wind and the Ocean. So we should call upon him to stop doing what he is doing to us? I'm confused.

    I always love how people give God credit for the man made results such as 1000 workers restoring power, but they dont blame him for the Storms that cause it.

    I was rasied Christian but I have always had more questions then answers from that religeon.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Lexx

      Did God make people choose to live in an area that has frequent storms ?

      November 8, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • QN

      God has power over the weather (Jesus rebuked the wind and the waves).

      November 8, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • chosensheep

      Isiash45 ,7 I am the Lord ,and there is none else. I form the light and create darkness I make peace , and create evil ( diasters etc....) I d Lord do all these things.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • It will get better

      Yes, God created nature; however, man decided to take God out of the equation long ago. Man refuses to live by God's principles, therefore you have the problems you see today. God has given us the answers in the bible, but people refuse to accept him as God or to listen to him.

      God does not bring trials or hardships on people (James 1:13)

      But he does help us cope (Psalms 72:12-14) (Phl 4:6,7)

      If you want to know why God is waiting to step in, please read 2 Pet 3:9.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Abeyance

      I heard now the election is over he is going to let his horns grow out. No need to keep them filed down now. Might even swing his forked tail around so his democratic supporters can admire it.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Well thats not really true. Mitt and ryan both showed their horns, tails and their hatred before the election was over. But their demons( repub. bloogers on here) are showing themselfs more ie: using the misery of this storm to further their hatred. How low is that.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      That means you were never a true believer! Always doubting everything. So what are you good for? If something good happened, then it was your own doing or luck, but if something bad happens, it was God's fault?

      November 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • peick

      Do you ever blame mankind for the problems it causes rather than God?

      November 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julio Mickel

      He that giveth also taketh. I hear you bro

      November 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian in DC

    Chris Mathews must be getting the tingle up his leg again. First Sandy now this. As long as tragedy helps Obama he is all for it.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. M Giarmo

    Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people. I'll start caring about YOUR problems when you start caring about the unemployed and disadvantaged in this country. You voted Obama.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      @NYer. Balogney. I know NJ well. I grew up there. And I followed the county by county numbers as well as the overall.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan Maddern

      Grow up what kind of person are you.you are pathetic!

      November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Radeckd

    Why there is nothing about FEMA failing all over again in helping victims of Sandy. Where is Obama now? There are tens of thousands people suffering with no water and electricity. FEMA offices are closed due to the weather. Why main stream media are quiet???

    November 8, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      Who cares? There are millions of unemployed people who can't pay their mortgages or who have to go on food stamps. Some of them have advanced degrees and years of experience. Cry me a river.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      @NYer. Balogney. I know NJ well. I grew up there. And I followed the county by county numbers as well as the overall.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. snowboarder

    jeff – pray all you want, but you better have a backup plan. god is not a power company lineman.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Wichitaw Lineman

      How do you know? We are pretty impressive. When I drive by your home I bet the lights get just a little bit brighter. I'm a lineman. I'm a hero.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Thank You.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      I wrote earlier just "Thank You" but my statment showed up under some evil nuts statment. Now I want to say "Thank You Witchia Lineman " for what you do and have to endure? Again THANK YOU LINEMAN!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
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