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. Concerned in Cleveland

    God Bless you all, I will pray for you. Yesterday I was being a real gashole in my anger against blue state people and Herr Obama, but I'm over my fit of rage now. Be safe up there, my blue, oddball, lovable brothers and sisters.

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

      We don't believe you at all.
      Your temper tantrum over losing the 2008 election has lasted for four years.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. db

    Watch the price of Gold/Silver/Platinum and if it goes up you know that the dollar is crashing and becoming worthless on the world market. Nobody will want worthless paper that is backed up by a "Federal Reserve" promise. Ya, who is the federal reserve, the major banks in the USA. How much do you trust them? Congress gave their job to the Federal Reseve in 1917, in 1932 they took us off the Gold Standard, in 1959 off the Silver Standard, and in the 1960's started us on the Plastic Standard, credit cards where money is just numbers and used very little any more.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. paizleysun

    Hey, stupid author! 76 mph winds are not above a Cat. 1 hurricane. Cat.1 hurricane wind speeds are 74-95 mph. The winds would have to be 96+ mph to be greater than a Cat. 1.

    "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."

    November 8, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. bwp88

    I wouldn't send a dime to help those blue staters. Go ahead and freeze now. Maybe ice will be next.

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

      Jackazz, not everyone who lives here voted blue. Governor Christie is absolutely right; during a disaster political party lines are totally irrelevant, bwp88. We all suffer the same, red or blue. We are all AMERICANS, so shut your foolish trap.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Toast

      Don't worry , Obama will send them more food stamps , He is the food stamps president , isn't he .

      November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Choke on your hate.
      You are clueless.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      That's okay. The blue states don't need your money since they're full of educated, hard-working, proportionally wealthy people. But if you'd like to make your red states stop sucking down the welfare dollars (that are disproportionately provided by the blue states), we'd appreciate it.

      What a hateful little pig you are.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • obama yo mama

      Me either. I don't consider the liberal strong holds America anymore. Let the Government bail them out. I hope they suffer.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Guest

    Bless those power crews for their tenacity in the face of this noreaster. We appreciate their hard work & dedication. Thanks Guys & Gals, for all you are doing to help us! Stay safe!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tiff wi/ny

    I just read all of these comments. I have to say that i'm shocked that people can sit here and argue about who could of done better..or who should do better. If you have time to complain or argue you have time to help babies that have no food...people dying and freezing...little children that lost their parents..just by picking up a phone to see what you can do to help. This is america, we are supposed to stick together, pull together when people need help, wether we like them or not!..that person could one day save you..or if someone offers you help when your in desperate need of help are you gonna say "no" because you dont like them?..when your child looks at you and says "dad, mom, im so hungry and cold"...what the F is wrong with you people!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • obama yo mama

      Have compassion if you like. I won't open my wallet to any of them. I hope they freeze for awhile while they wait for the government to rescue them. I am nice and comfortable in my midwest home.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I will say this again, so even stupid people (like obama yo mama) can understand. Not everyone who lives here is a Democrat. Not everyone who lives here is a Republican. However; EVERYONE who lives here is a human being, & a lot of us are suffering. In an emergency, we are all Americans! If you are so mean spirited that you cannot get past your partisan party lines to reach out, then your heart is colder than this storm.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      The phone # to call & volunteer in NJ is 1-800-JERSEY7. Thank you to all the people who have volunteered for your generosity of spirit.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paizleysun

    Hey, stupid author!

    Category 1 hurricane winds are 74-95 mph. The wind gust mentioned in the following paragraph from this article is 76 mph, within Category 1 wind speeds. The gust would have to be 96+ mph to stronger than a Cat. 1.

    "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."

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

      As hurricanes go, it's weak. It just happened to hit the most overpopulated and overdeveloped 50 square miles of land in the U.S. If you're Sandy, you can't blow without hitting a power line, highway, or someone's home.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brad76

    That is really bizarre, it hasn't even snowed in Canada yet and we usually get it first. Poor people...

    November 8, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Susan Maddern

    i cant belive people's sick commemts this is really a sad world we live in.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Coates

      For once, we are in agreement. That you would not care about the unemployed or disadvantaged. That you would invest all your feelings in a group of people who have to live without lights for two weeks and who at worst will get a nice check for the insurance company.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike H.

    Thou shalt suffer the fate of sodom and gomorrah.
    REPENT Sinners... for 12/21/2012 is FAST approaching.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Rev. Rosenberg

      Really, Really, I did not know that you had an inside track as to knowing what God is feeling or much less thinking.
      That storm or storms hit the innocent, don't judge what only He knows.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ


      November 8, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Umm, Christians don't believe in Mayans, or their prophecies HAHAHA

      November 8, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      Do you really believe the word will end 12/20?

      November 8, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • D. Lansing

      Oh boy will I. Human made numbers are scary! *shudder*

      November 8, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. bonzo

    i live in the cherry quay section of brick nj. I missed getting my house flooded by a half an inch. No wind damage, yard a little messy and a tree uprooted and leaned on the wires in front of my house. the water came over the bulkhead at least 7 feet and my boat is leaning against my house. But i have no complaints. Why? because the mayor of brick township lives around the corner from me ! lol, ive had my tree cut down by jcpl and had power back on in 24 hours after sandy left, streets are plowed and all debris put to street is already picked up...i could go on. Gotta live by the MAYOR!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pearl of Wisdom

    His horns are starting to show.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. USAme

    Weather has been so weird the last few years. I know O won the election. But really he does not control the weather.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • obama yo mama

      Really, but George Bush was ridiculed for the same thing Why?

      November 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. disgustedvet

    Obama doesn't need you anymore. enjoy.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • BigHwasdemo

      Yeah libs, freeze in the dark

      November 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • NYer

      What about the Republicans freezing without power? Can't even stick up for your own kind?

      November 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Susan Maddern

    Why did God come to you in a Dream and tell you that.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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