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. Curious

    I've been hearing all day that Fema packed up yesterday and left, never returned to sandys victims....Funny how that happened right after the election! Now these poor people are left with little hope of help.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      They haven't left. You need to find better sources for your news.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kev13

      In fact FEMA did leave! I'm a resident so the sources don't get much better than that.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cindy

    The people in New Orleans had it worst. At least Fema showed up, and did not take their good old sweet time to do so.
    The sity will bounce back, and will party as they do so. But remember, the show must go on!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      FEMA is not there! People have no food, running water! What are you talking about! FEMA left after the election! They are telling people with no electricity to fill out paper work on their website!

      November 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      That's rediculous. FEMA took days to show up in New Orleans after Katrina and they screwed up most of what they did for months. By contrast, everyone actually involved in New York says FEMA is doing a great job.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      That's not what I'm seeing or hearing! Good job in defending them!

      November 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Boomer in Mo

    In 2007, we spent three days (only three days) without power or water. We never left home and I hauled 5-gal buckets of water home from work every night so we had water. We "went" outside, behind the barn, just like my grandparents did in the 1800s. Pretty chilly but you can survive.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerry

    Where are all the reporters to interview the victims of Sandy who haven't seen hide nor hair of FEMA or Obama? I guess the victims who aren't getting any help are not as important now that a Republican isn't in the white house?

    November 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • smith

      The media loves their darling child Obama...of course they are not going to paint him in a bad light. I agree, where is the coverage?

      November 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Malakh

    Politic BS, and God aside. We need to think of a way to improve our power grid.... And anyone now realize how fragile the north east is to storms of even minor proportions. Time to rebuild that place right. Imagine if they had an earthquake? Don't say it won't ever happen. The NE is doomed for destruction if they don't get with modern times.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SidB1980

    Talk to FEMA. Talk to the guy you re-elected. Talk to Gov CHristie.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      At least if you talk to Christie you will get some action. He filed paperwork on Saturday to declare a state of emergency, so there would be National Guard troops there as soon as the storm subsided to evacuate people.
      Christie didn't leave this to the Lieutenant Governor who abandoned us during the 2010 blizzard. The person Kim Guadagno left in charge(to do the job she was elected for that year) was an idiot. People died because our roads were impassable for emergency vehicles. They could not be transported to hospitals without using front end loaders because the National Guard trucks were sent home the day the snow stopped falling.
      Since I prefer competent people; I will definitely reelect Christie, but I can hardly wait to vote that woman out in 2013!

      November 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SidB1980

    Some say pray Some say fix power grid. Some way, where's the gov't? I say, this needs to be a wake up call that you need to prepare for yourselves and stop relying on the others or the gov't. Yes, a new concept for this nanny state of ours, but other news reports and blogs are saying – no help in sight. Sorry...

    November 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. smith

    Where's your beloved Obama?! Oh yea,..planning his trip to East Asia. Glad you voted for him now, America? Wake up. You want even bigger government? Just wait for Obamacare. You will die waiting to get your number to go the doctor.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • idon100

      Wait, massive snow is dumping on NY and NJ and somehow it's...Obama's fault? This is happening because he got reelected? I'm absolutely fascinated here. Please, go on.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SidB1980

    God lets it rain on the just and unjust – it is our planet – it is going to rain, snow, freeze and winds will blow. Help each other and help yourself, but you need to prepare too, folks as the gov't clearly can't seem to get their act together and organized to help even with warnings. SHould be an eye opener for the rest of us. It doesn't matter if those in power are republican or democrat – they both can't seem to lead when it comes to preparation and response. You just hear it less when it is a democrat.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Travis

    What happened to them is bad; but I see some of them complainig about being neglected. In western NC. We get bad ice storms that shu down power for weeks at a time. They dont complain. They prepare and help one another till it's over. The linemen are doing what they can. Help each other out and create tighter bonds with your community.'

    November 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KCRic

    No FEMA or Obama in sight? Must not be any photo opportunities today. For those of you who voted for Obama for how he handled the hurricane, how good do you feel about your vote now?

    November 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Melvin Painter

    How about that, while Sandy's victims are still hurting, clown obama is planning his Burma vacation to be paid for by the American people. He is the epitome of a slimeball POS! His voter base is no different.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yankee Patriot

    I can't believe he ditched us!!!!!! Where is FEMA?? I am a Democrat and I voted for Obama but he is gone!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Unfortunately, more of this to come. Hope you don't have to have major surgery someday because the government will decide the level of care you will receive. Should of voted for substance rather than popularity.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AsianRepublican

      Sorry, he ditched all of you Democrates for the last 4 years and you just noticed it. He is going to meet the dictatorships in Cambodia, and Burma/Myanmar. The devastation by Sandy/NorEaster, Economic melt down, Fiscal Cliff, and Jobs are not his priority, the Fed, the house, and senates have to figure it out. Au Revoir, Bon Chance!

      November 9, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • 4jobs1

      He's off on another world tour............Ya reap what ya sew. You libs crucified Bush over Katrina, now the shoe is on the other foot...Good luck and remember YOU voted for him.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. GOD

    You abandon me and you kick me out of schools, say I don't exist, Say you don't believe. BELIEVE THIS SUPER STORM TO INCLUDE ANOTHER RIGHT AFTER IT. DO YOU BELIEVE ME NOW???????????

    November 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I live here in NJ. My children's schools still have not reopened, I am dealing with this new storm damage, & I am still cranky from spending a week with no lights or heat. Therefore; I feel I have a right to tell both of you this...Knock it off. We don't need this kind of mockery from either of you twits.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Johnson

      You poor baby. You Ignorant conservatives tell us the government can't do anything right and because you are too lazy to be a parent you want the schools to bring God in too their loves.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
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