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 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. JD

    this artlticle leads you to believe we were out of the woods before this storm hit. tens of thousands of homes in NY and NJ have been without power for almost 2 weeks. it's beyond ridiculous at this point. lack of power is nothing like losing your home, so we do feel fortunate, but how does a tropical storm knock us down for 2 weeks? Crazy!

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

      How does a storm knock out power for two week? Easy. By taking out a series of transformer stations and the power lines everywhere. In some cases by inundating the power infrastructure with salt water which doesn`t just mean draining the water, drying the parts out and re-hooking everything back up. It means replacing most everything because salt water is corrosive. I could go on but you must get the picture. If you recall from any number of hurricanes that have hit the south..... sometime it takes over a month to get power going again.

      I know people do not want to hear this but perhaps you should relocate to family or friends who have power and heat until yours is restored. If your home is significantly damaged finding an apartment to rent while repairs are made might make sense as well.

      You should also be thankful that this storm is only hitting you guys again. Were weather to suddenly get nasty everywhere as it usually does later in the year then a lot of utility teams that have come out to the East Coast would have to head back to their homes to fix the utilities there.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Li

      New Jersey turned down a thousand people who came to help from an Atlanta power plant. Why? Because they were not Union. If you are sitting in your home without power and knew that you could have power sooner would you turn that kind of help away?

      November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. zlulz

    I see Obama is doing a worse job with this than Bush did with Katrina...But I guess what should I expect? He doesn't care now that he got re-elected.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      So every time we get a storm you will blame Obama, or anyone else who is in office. Grow Up

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

    anyone attributing divine meaning to natural occurrences is a charlatan or delustional. which are you?

    November 8, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    Really Rob Marciano? – 2 feet of snow on Staten Island? Here's your quote from the above article – try 2-7 inches – not 24 inches. A little proofreading goes along way...

    "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."

    November 8, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. wayne

    FEMA and OBAMA are where to be found?????????????? Obama had his photo-op last week and now that he's won, he doesn't need you anymore. It is a shame the people have to suffer the consequences of a dysfunctional Obama FEMA. You voted for what you got! Live with it!

    November 8, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Collin

      What are you talking about?? I live here and both the National Guard and FEMA are here helping people. Man... you are ignorant of the facts.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Snayne15

      And Bush handled Katrina to perfection.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Obama doesn't know what to do. We have 250,000 more without power today in NJ, still no gas, no help.
      I see people saying FEMA and national guard are helping – maybe at the beach, but that's all – and that's not Obama's doing anyway

      November 8, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      This is not about politics!!!

      November 8, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • iWillNotLose

      i swear people will take any opportunity to make a stupid comment...thanks wayne.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      FEMA closed its center on Staten Island due Sorry but thats why people need FEMA. Where is Obama in helping with the problem?

      November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      Hey Wayne...give it up. The election is over....the repubs need to keep spreading lies and bashing the president. It's over!

      November 8, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • db

      Yea, for the team that voted Obama the savior back in! Glad the storm hit the area that supported him so much. Let's see how much he supports you now that the election is over and he has nothing to gain.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Romney wanted to do away with FEMA HAHAHA! So be thankful and be patient. I've been without power for 11 days now too.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      Maybe you'd like Obama to personally stand there and crank a generator? Give it up already!

      November 8, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Colinmb

      Since those that claim that Obama doesn't control the national guard, you are correct. But what about the relief supplies being sent in by Reserve and Active duty units? They are federal troops and I have personal knowledge (as a participant) that Air Force units are bringing supplies up as you type your continual whines. C-5's, C17's and C130's are moving people and materials to JFK, Stewart ANGB, Lakehurst. Guess it doesn't fit into your little minds that there is more going on than what is happening around your computer desk.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      wayne, the OP, is correct. Too many signs from people reading "FEMA Why have you abandoned us?" and stuff of that nature.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    More proof that Philadelphia is charmed. Haven't gotten hit be either storm!

    November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. SidB1980

    Boo hoo! Freeze – where's the FEMA trailers now? Where's your Gov't now that you re-elected Obama? Pretty silent out there.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • NYer

      Why are you an evil hateful human being?

      November 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • worriedmom

      Oh, I forgot how well a past Republican president handled a similar weather event – a little thing called Katrina. I don't recall tons of government aid being instantly delivered to the Americans made homeless by the Category 9 hurricane. But then...that was a Republican administration, and they do everything the right way.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Regardless

      Regardless for whom people voted, there's really no need to add insult to injury for those suffering. We all know by now that politicians do what they do in their own best interests (all politicians), so please, let's look beyond that.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      The people the NE are getting what they deserve.

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

      Katrina? LA was offered help very quickly. Local officials delayed their response for days. Furthermore, LA was given funds years prior to build up the levies. Local officials used the money elsewhere instead with the belief the current levy system was fine.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Krista

    The utility companies should be required to have a project for the next year of taking all overhead lines and making them underground. Overhead lines are "cheaper" but they come down and repairing them over and over again costs more in the long run, I bet. But of course they can spread that 'long run' cost out and charge it to the customers.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Ya gotta dig up 100 year old city streets and old residential neighborhoods to do that...very very expensive and politically unpopular in some areas.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • mirrorview

      Hey put Obama's wind turbine and attach to the roof. Oops sorry no roof!

      November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Colinmb

      You'd lose the bet. Repair of underground lines has to be taken into consideration also. They are suseptable to other issues besides wind/weather. Corrosion, burrowing animals, lightning strikes (yes, they do hit underground lines) and a list of other sources of damage. Once they are damaged, it is much more difficult to find, itentify and correct a problem with them. The repair costs for them are astronomical.

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

      Yeah, then you will be crying and blame the government because you will have to pay more to cover the cost.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. samual wade

    not true

    November 8, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. peick

    Only on a CNN forum can a story about the weather turn into a Democrats-versus-Republicans rant. Where's the atheist-versus-Christian angle? Throw in some commentary on gay marriage and abortion for good measure.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • ms trouble

      Obviously you've never been on Huffington Post. Everything there is red vs blue.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Disaster response was a central topic in this election so yes it is relevant. There are people needing help and the federal Govt. is not responding as they said they would before the election. FEMA closed down its center on Staten because of bad weather.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Erica

    So where is all this help Obama promised the residents who have been devestated? Mr. red tape, no bueacracy, get them whatever they need? Have you seen the devestation to Staten Island? I know he doesn't control the weather, but come on! Was this just a ploy for re-election? People are having to use their lifesavings to survive. I am also very dissappointed in the coverage by CNN and other news stations. This is why I watch FOX. They actually have people there talking to the victims and it's not pretty. They are very angry and hurting.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Yadira

      By your comment, I could tell that you are a full republican & that's why you prefer to watch FOX because FOX is filled with pure republicans. Romney wouldn't of helped this devastated people neither but you are too blind to see that. This issue cannot be resolved as quick as you make it seem so next time you speak please use some of your common sense.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Powerup

    feel bad for more power outages as crews from everywhere have been working hard restoring it. just want to mention the word INFRASTRUCTURE. the Utility companies everywhere are working from age old infrastructures. perhaps they'll be smart and begin upgrading old w/ new. i'm in Illinois south of Chicago and there are areas that lose power if you walk outside and sneeze.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    They don't care if taxes rise because they don't pay taxes.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. crazyvermont

    talk about trailer trash

    November 8, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. cnnlicksit

    The Jersey Shore is being devastated for devastating the minds and values of legions of guidos.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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