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. ironwolf56

    Outside of New England the media tends to misuse the term Nor'easter a lot. Hint it's not every snow storm in the Northeast.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      It sure came out of the northeast & dumped on us like every other noreaster, ironwolf. Another amateur weatherman(snort)!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Em

    God is unhappy with things how the world has become! Time for clean up! And that is what is happening!

    November 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

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

      November 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mkjp

    You really think obama has a giant circuit breaker that he can magically turn all of the power in the northeast back on in a second??? When s disaster like this strikes it is the president's job to make sure states get the federal money they need to put things right again. He did that before sandy even made landfall. Pull your head put of fox news' rear end.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. snooper

    All the people in the storm, just need to think about the one in the WH and they will have a warm fuzzy feeling. Even if the power is off and they are cold. That will warm them up very fast. He will have another party. That should warm them up. His wife will go on another vacation and spend 2 million dollars, that I know will warm them up.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marika

    Thank you for pointing that out to all the right-wing nut-jobs. Hydro-crews can only work so fast and FEMA doesn't have the expertise on how to restore power. It's skilled labor and it's Electrical Companies are responsible for getting electrical grids back in service. Just wanted to add that even Canada sent hydro-workers and equipment to help end the black-out. Wishing everyone warmth and a quick recovery.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eli

    God is showing America how quickly things can spin around.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

      eli – if your god sends messages that require "interpretation" he is a dunce and so are you.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Spencer

    I think it has nothing to do with them voting dem. I think this has to do with Wall Street being greedy. God doesn't like people who abuse and use everyone around them for their own financial gain.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bencoates57

    You Obama supporters call it "hate," but the feelings of many on this board are perfectly valid. Obama never attended to the problem of joblessness. Business leaders pledged to open payrolls if Romney was elected. 3 out of 4 economists surveyed by CNNMoney reported favoring Romney's plan. And yet half the country thumbs its nose at unemployment and the unemployed - I'm looking at YOU New York and New Jersey. And the rest of you were so easily conned by Oama's declaration of disaster for a hurricane. That was an easy move. And it was expected.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. whodat

    these storms could not have hit a nicer bunch of people

    November 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Don

    Wow, this area needs a break, some cash and a few prayers. Donate and Pray for them. If possible, to there and help out. I will be there next week. God Bless America!

    November 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • snooper

      Hey Don God can not bless America! We have thrown Him out of all places we can. We have turned our backs on Him. We are getting what we deserve.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Thanks Don. Make sure to come back later & vacation at the Jersey shore after we get back on our feet again. Sunrise at the beach is beautiful.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BruceFinance

    Real Estate values plummet in areas affected by the storm(s), even with insurance & FEMA moneys. Residents trying to buy/sell/foreclose are really hurt. Insurance rates have risen. Its unfortunate for those relying on the equity, that it is locked up, and will take years to recover. New Orleans didn't recover. How long will real-estate equity take to recover in areas hit by the storms?
    I was able to rebuild my home in New Orleans, but the equity I once had hasn't recovered. I moved to British Columbia, and I'm grateful to have purchased another home. FEMA did very little for equity or real-estate values after Katrina. If you didn't sell before Sandy, hold onto your homes for at least a decade or to get your equity out, otherwise take your losses when you can and move elsewhere if you can afford it. I'm still holding onto my property in New Orleans. Its not even half the value today, because the market there hasn't recovered, and will be a long time before it recovers.
    British Columbia is a beautiful place. Our neighborhood has welcomed many people from New Orleans and several Sandy Victims just this last week.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

      bruce – how is fema responsible for home equity?

      November 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      New Jersey has a different economy. Our local property values depend much more on our being conveniently close to New York City & Philadelphia as a vacation destination. Our local economy depends a lot on tourism. Our local seaside town has a mile & a quarter long boardwalk that had no amusement pier. Instead it is well known as a running & bike path. We will need to restore it, hopefully before next Summer's tourist season. We also have a lot of tourist inns where people rent a room for vacations. I don't know how many of them were damaged, but we should be able to repair or rebuild them, it has been done before. Most of the shopping is 8 blocks inland, so it was not affected.
      The worst thing we had was the sand that got flung up in a dune, it trapped water that was chest high. It took a week to pump the water out. A lot of people lost things in basements or lower floors. People living in 1 story bungalows probably lost nearly everything. Those people will really need FEMA help to recover.
      However; there are other towns on the coast that have much worse damage, & I cannot speak for them. Point Pleasant & Seaside Heights tourist areas are both damaged. Their amusement piers will be harder to fix. Some smaller towns might also have too much damage to bounce back easily. Especially Mantolocking, where the natural gas had to be turned off due to fires from broken pipes after houses were washed off their foundations.
      As for Atlantic City; the casinos did not sustain a lot of damage, so that city's economy should be able to rebound fairly quickly too.
      Over all; it may take time, but we are pretty tenacious. With help from our neighbors, plus our friends both here & around the country we will rebuild. Then we will welcome people back to spend their Summer enjoying our beaches.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GK

    FEMA has already pulled out. Let's see – the election was on Tuesday and Wednesday FEMA was gone. But BOs actions were political at all.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mojobutta

    Thank God I live in Georgia. I can't imagine what these people have to endure. I hope it ends soon and things return to normal. Why don't companies in hospitality invite displaced home owners to temporarily stay at no cost until power is restored and it's safe to go back home. I would have no problem paying extra taxes to help subsidize a relief effort like that. The Fed could reimburse the motels / hotels a nominal rate as well. This is what our government should be doing. Many southerners have been asking what they can do to assist.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BooN6

      How about, instead of the federal government continualy rebuilding all of these low-lieing coastal areas, you all just move a couple of miles inland. You are costing damn near as much as the war in Afganistan!

      November 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    sucks to be them....

    November 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Prophet

    Job 37:5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
    Job 37:6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou [on] the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.


    November 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      Yeah, and didja know the 'he' keeps snow and hail in storehouses in the sky too?!
      (It's right there in Job too.) (hint: you might take a look into how snow and hail are *really* formed).

      And the wicked witch melts when water hits her...

      Get outta here with your nonsense tales.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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