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. gurn blanston

    Because my response does not favor Obama, my post was deleted. Typical liberal slant.

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

      Right, because no one else besides you on this board is making bad remarks about Obama. Isn't that right? Everyone is against YOU! Run and hide from Obama! He's coming to get you!

      November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • William 58

      Mine too. But have you noticed he is letting the horns on his head grow out since the election is over. Plus his smirk is getting broader.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Techsupport

    I've been reading the comments and let me just say, you are all totally right! It's too bad Obama decided to make it snow right after a hurricane. What's wrong with that guy? I can't believe I voted for him. I should've known he would cause it to snow in the winter and make life miserable.

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

      By the way, how's that second job working out for you, techsuckport? You may need a third, soon. The medical field is already taking a major hit thanks to Obamacare. Woooohoooooo!! Everybody's gonna have health insurance!!!! But when you get to the desk and they tell you, "sorry, we don't accept it", THEN whatcha gonna do?

      November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Truthbetold

    Stop with all the politicizing of these storms. FEMA and the National Guard are there....they can't help everyone at once. Obama can't wave his magic wand and make it all go away. Get a life if you want to turn this into a democrat vs republican issue. The bottom line is....if you live in an area that is as heavily populated as NYC/NJ and s**t hits the fan for whatever reason, you're going to be stuck without help for awhile. There are just too many people in that area.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      FEMA is NOT there. FEMA closed its Staten Island center because of bad weather.

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


      November 8, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Colinmb

      FEMA offices are closed. So what? I'm guessing you think they should be throwing their bodies in front of the oncoming storm. They aren't people with families, they are government employees. Their safety means nothing.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      City and state emergency crews are out there helping people. FEMA is closed. Thats the point.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • obama yo mama

      as far as I'm concerned, I wouldn't help a liberal do anything. Go to your government and get assisstance. As a matter of fact, I own a small company in the midwest and now that we will for sure have to pay more for healthcare, you bet your butt that I wil be laying off at least ten that I know for sure voted for the insanity. I hope every business owner who has to make cuts goes after the ones they saw with the obama bumper stickers first.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. a friend

    you need to think beyond politics. your hapiness to see people suffering is a sign of problems for you.
    get well soon.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    THE GOVERNMENT WILL HELP! I seriously feel bad for all those affected by the nasty weather. I pray that help will be there soon.

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

      An actual caring human being. They do still exist! 🙂

      November 8, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan Maddern

      Thank you for a normal human being with feelings.These people in these areas need our prayers be glad your not going threw this,Have some compassion!

      November 8, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. yeah yeah

    This is Mother Natures way of saying GET THE HELL OUT OF DODGE!

    November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. dreamer96

    These people should not be in their homes without heat and water....They need to move, in groups, to a good building and find a way to heat it...If it has a fire place that works and is safe to use...burn something in it....or go to a building that has a propane tank and use that...or go to the hardware stores and get some Kerosene heaters and can still send the men out to walk the old neighborhoods and keep an eye on the properties....but move the people to some common buildings and stay cards....share the build...share the food...

    November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • bwp88

      That's all blue state country. Their newly re-elected savior should take them in at the White House, gas up their cars, fill their bellies, and write them a nice fat gov'ment check.

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

    well I hope they can get the power back on, The utility company from Decaur Alabama sent some lineman to help get the power back up, because when the tornadoes hit here we accepted all help and got a lot of help from up North and was grateful for it. But, they refused the help of our people coming from Decatur because they were not union.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Even the that utility denied that happened, so your point is moot.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave S

      That is actually not true.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. alyarby

    Not to worry. Obama will come riding in on a white horse and hand out blankets, at least a dozen. Then, he will board Air Force One and fly off to his next golf game.

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

      The election's over, you lost, shut up about it.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan Maddern

      What a stupid commemt!

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

      This is GOD punishment for those who made the wrong choice in this election . Your saviour will comfort you will a great speech from the Oval office . Good luck .

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

      Shut up and go away.

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

      @Susan. As for the election, you won the battle with college kids and Latinos but you will lose the war. The kids and Latinos don't read newspapers, have no need for high end jobs, and do not write letters. Romney won the intelligent and desperate adult vote and these are the people who will shape the course of the next 4 years with letters to their Congressmen.

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

      Listen to the sore loser babies still crying about Obama. Just like they did when they got stomped in 2008.
      Give it a rest loser.
      America has spoken.
      Nobody cares what you think.
      Got it?

      November 8, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • RaDaR Bluetooth Detector

      As a casual observer, I am bewildered that no helicopter drops of blankets, survival blankets were dropped into areas to be used as pickup spots- same with some food and water supplies immediately after the horrific sandy hurricane. Having been in good and bad weather over the years for work in remote areas of the world, I understand how powerful weather can be and that as a species we humans who have not experienced atrocious weather do not understand that weather has always been a detrimental force against us humans hence our progress to heating sources, refined shelters and conveniences, because if we did not have those our overall population would be diminished as battling the elements is the first step to survival.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates


      People assume that the real influence in this country comes from voting. But now that Obama won, the college kids and Latinos who do not read newspapers or need high end jobs will disappear into the woodwork while intelligent and desperate adults write their Congressman to urge him or her to obstruct Obama on this issue and that issue. Collectively this angry bunch is saying "we are the 48%" and it is THEY who will shape the issues over the next 4 years.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. kumanan

    Will this affect Canada?

    November 8, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • db

      Canada is prepared for such events, the got Royal Crown!

      November 8, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      You bet it will. Canada will have to pitch tents for the millions of people defecting from the US

      November 8, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Ben...if I didn't know you were just some big mouthed, empty headed racist, I would be over at your house helping you pack.
      Please just zip it and go.
      Canada sounds like a good place for people like you.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      @Norm. Where do you get racist? Where? On the basis of YOUR comment I am much more grounded concluding that you suffer from a comorbid mood and delusional disorder.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Evenstar13

    Is it not odd that the NE has been hit with more hurricanes in the last few years than Florida? I guess there really is nothing wrong our atmosphere.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. db

    About the only thing we the citizens of the USA got out of the last POTUS election is the fact that a deeper and wider wedge has been driven between the different groups of people than has ever been driven since the time of reconstruction. That is a fact and I fear that we have been polorized and fragmented so badly and our country is so badly divided that it will take decades to heal and come back together.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan Maddern

      you lost we are not talking about the election be glad your not living in this area and dealing with what these poor people are.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      @ Susan Cry me a river. 46 million are on food stamps and unemployment is around 14.7% (true estimate). No one cares whether someone has to live without light or heat for 2 weeks.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm're a loser.
      Deal with it.
      I bet most people voted for Obama just to piz you off.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Prophet

    I will send a 8.9 earthquake, to heelp the goverments to think.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Go away troll.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SF

    to SidB1980


    sounds like another bigoted bitter me, OUR PRESIDENT is there...maybe not physically...but i seriously doubt he's forgotten about these people!!! why don't you do something productive to help these people or our country rather than doing what you people on the right do which is point fingers, cry, whine and hate everyone who doesn't agree with you!

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

      I Agree time to move on!

      November 8, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Chad K

      I agree. The evil one is everywhere at all times. His minions have returned him to power. It grows even as we speaketh.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      @Susan. You'd like that, wouldn't you? If people accepted the results of the election and moved on. Not this time. Gear up for an acrimonious and unproductive 4 years.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Republican tears wouldn't be so bad if they ever had solutions to what they're complaining about.
      Finding fault with EVERYTHING and NEVER having any solutions gets old after a while.
      The people have spoken.
      Now go sit down and be quiet until you have something constructive and useful to add.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Cara

      Ben Coates, shame on you and all who think like you. This country needs to pull together and stop fighting over which party is right or wrong. There are right and wrong issues on both sides. Stop obstructing" this issue or that issue" . Together we are Strong!! The world is watching us, and what a poor show we are putting on for them. We have our President for the next 4 years. Put your hateful efforts towards support and respect and positve things will happen!

      November 8, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      @CARA You wouldn't feel that way if your President and half the country abandoned YOU.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. clarke

    Not really something these poor people need at this time. Keep safe and hope warm.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
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