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. RDub

    The NPPD – Nebraska Public Power District sent 4 trucks with Linemen crews and armed with their company issued credit cards to NJ to help with their downed and non working electrical lines. They were not permitted to help because they were a NON-UNION company. Fortunately for those in NJ without power, Nebraskans are smart and persistent. The crews waited for a few days before returning home. You guessed it, NJ was begging them to come back and help!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      I'm from NE. whats your point?

      November 8, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Well, you guys in NY, MA, etc. voted for the all powerful and omnipresent Obama, pray to him for help now. Don't come asking us for donations and all that cra... Call the WH and ask the all mighty Barack for help.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthbetold

      Right because clearly NOBODY in NY, NJ, MA or any of those wretched "blue" states helped with New Orleans during Katrina or any of those "red" states during disasters....

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

      Your hatred oozes off the screen. I feel the need to get the 409 and clean it off. You stay in your little cave. The rest of us are going to work together to help anyone in need.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • obama yo mama

      You may have helped with Katrina, but you also politicized it. So now since we can't politicize it, we will turn our backs on you and your suffering.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Brrr, it got freezing in here all of a sudden....No wonder! The prevailing wind is blowing right across your frozen heart!

      November 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dioggi3

    I'm reading alot of angry stuff on here. Its people suffering everywhere so you cant blame 1 person. Obama didnt create this disaster and its going to take time to get everyone the help that they need. Pointing fingers accusing this 1 or that 1 isn't going to help anyone. Folks may have to use their savings to get their lives back right, but ok at least you have a savings to use. It isnt the goverment's responsibility to pay for the damages to personal property, you know that when you buy your house. We need to just close our mouthes and extend our hands a little more to help not just these folks but any and every one we encounter. Peace

    November 8, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. sarah

    Sad...Is this what the work has come to??

    November 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Techsupport

    Don't have a second job. Just a good first one.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Landis

    I know a lot of people in DC area who are disappointed they weren't hit with this Noreaster. They could have used a day or two off from work.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. sarah

    im sorry world

    November 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Long

    I don't have much sympathy for Obama voters.
    Here's a quarter, call Obama if you think he cares.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Janet


      Keep your quarter. We don't need to call Obama. Because he's already there! Take a look around. It's the beating of his heart. It's his shadow on the ground. It's the whispers in the wind. And he'll be there in the end....

      November 8, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      You are being just as ridiculous as he is Janet. What I am seeing here at the shore is generous big hearted people coming from all over the state, & all over our country to help. Neighbors who are working side by side with each other. Our police, fire, emergency services, & town services people caring for others before themselves.
      The government helps a lot by setting the stage, but these individual people are the ones who do the real work to rebuild. 7 members of my family are volunteering for a work party on Saturday morning. There is lots of work to go around for anyone else who wants to come help us recover. The volunteer # in New Jersey is 800-JERSEY7

      November 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Is gay POTUS going to visit NYC this time or will he be too busy in sodom and gomorrah?

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

      I bet you are some law enforcement watchlist somewhere arent you?

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

    pray like the men of sodom and gomorrah did

    November 8, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Guest

    The storms of the world have no political party, you fool. A lot of people who did not vote for him are also suffering, & we would appreciate it, Heaven On My Mind, if you would stop acting like you speak for God!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frozen, Peas.

    What the heck does Obama have to do with the weather and disaster? I don't like the guy, but I am not going to ask someone who they voted for before I lend a helping hand. We are all citizens of the world–try and remember that.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Hoosier53

      yeah – call bruce springsteen who lives in th area. or better yet, call beyonce or jay-z – i'm sure they'll be happy to help or oprah. call any of the celebrities that think they know more about who you should vote for than you do.. they don't care – they just wanted to party anyway.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. P W

    Mother Nature is sure angry!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dinty Moore

    Call your man OBAMA! Don't worry, he'll send the bill to the other 53% of us

    November 8, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. jackie

    call Obama, oh sorry he's on vacation

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

      call obama and ask him to do what? stop the snowstorm?

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

      why don't you loser just shut up and help the storm victims. The president did not cause the storm.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robinett1974

      Palllease.....where was Mitt when his own city was hit? Even the people in Mass. didn't vote for him. Goes to show what an idiot he is.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
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