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Storm-Battered Northeast Hit by More Wind, Snow

The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers
Updated Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:45 a.m.

Sanitation workers shovel snow from the streets of Times Square Wednesday in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) - The nor'easter that interrupted recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy pulled away from New York and New Jersey Thursday morning, leaving a blanket of thick, wet snow that snapped storm-weakened trees and downed power lines.

Households from Brooklyn to storm-battered sections of the Jersey shore and Connecticut that had waited for days without power because of Sandy were plunged back into darkness in temperatures near freezing.

However, roads in New Jersey were clear for the morning commute, and rail lines into New York City were running smoothly so far, despite snow still coming down heavily in some areas.

The nor'easter, as promised, brought gusting winds, rain and snow, but so far not the flooding that was anticipated.


PHOTOS ON SKYE: Nor'easter Strikes Storm-Ravaged East Coast
Elena McDonnell didn't waste energy worrying about the newest storm, not after living through Sandy last week and still without power in her Staten Island home.

"It isn't scary at all," the 42-year-old said. "This is nothing."

Under ordinary circumstances, a storm of this sort wouldn't be a big deal. But large swaths of the landscape were still an open wound, with the electrical system highly fragile and many of Sandy's victims still mucking out their homes and cars and shivering in the deepening cold. As the storm picked up in intensity Wednesday evening, lights started flickering off again.

Mark L. Fendrick, of Staten Island, shared his frustration with others on Twitter Wednesday night, saying, "My son had just got his power back 2 days ago now along comes this nor'easter and it's out again."

Residents from Connecticut to Rhode Island saw 3 to 6 inches of snow on Wednesday. Worcester, Mass., had a whopping 8 inches of snow, and Freehold, N.J., had just over a foot overnight.

Good news was mixed with the bad, however: temperatures over the next few days will be in the 50s in southern New England, said meteorologist Frank Nocera, and on Sunday it could edge into the 60s.

In New York and New Jersey, rain and 60 mph wind gusts Wednesday evening.

"I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

Ahead of the storm, public works crews in New Jersey built up dunes to protect the stripped and battered coast, and new evacuations were ordered in a number of communities already emptied by Sandy. New shelters opened.

Not everybody was hunkering down.

Katie Wilford was leaving her Brick Township home near Barnegat Bay as the nor'easter approached. She bundled her sons Nick, 14, and Matthew, 10, into the minivan in search of an open motel.

"It's a little overwhelming," she said. "I can't believe we're doing this again. We're going on Day 10 with no power. That's a long time. I just want the sun to come out and things to be normal again."

All construction in New York City was halted - a precaution that needed no explanation after a crane collapsed last week in Sandy's high winds and dangled menacingly over the streets of Manhattan. Parks were closed because of the danger of falling trees. Drivers were advised to stay off the road after 5 p.m. and part of the busy Long Island Expressway was shut down in both directions because of icing.

About 6:30 p.m., the Long Island Rail Road suspended service in and out of Penn Station.

Airlines canceled at least 1,300 U.S. flights in and out of the New York metropolitan area, causing a new round of disruptions that rippled across the country.

By the afternoon, the storm was bringing rain and wet snow to New York, New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Huge waves pounded the beaches in New Jersey. Firefighters in New York City responded to reports of tree branches falling into buildings, blocking streets and knocking down electrical wires.

Forecasters said the nor'easter would bring moderate coastal flooding, with storm surges of about 3 feet possible Wednesday into Thursday - far less than the 8 to 14 feet Sandy hurled at the region.

Sandy killed more than 100 people in 10 states, with most of the victims in New York and New Jersey. Long lines persisted at gas stations but were shorter than they were days ago. By early Thursday, more than 292,700 homes and business in New York state were without power, and another 403,000 in New Jersey lacked electricity. In some areas, the numbers began climbing again Wednesday evening.

The storm could bring repairs to a standstill because of federal safety regulations that prohibit linemen from working in bucket trucks when wind gusts reach 40 mph.

PHOTOS ON SKYE: Nor'easter Strikes Storm-Ravaged East Coast

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1knowing1

My heartfelt prayers go out to the victims of these terrible "Acts of Nature" that have so devastated their lives. Now, to blame the President for the storms is downright inappropriate; ( I want to say something else but I am going to take the higher road).

I can't believe the statements of jealousy, ignorance and hatred that I have read. Whether you voted for the President or not; your joy or disappointment in the election does not change the fact that he is your President. I have never seen such cry babies who are obviously sore losers. I simply loved how Mr. Romney reacted to his loss. He graciously congratulated the president and said let's not put the politics over the people. So, if you are not happy with the election results; please do not put your disappointment in the election over the victims who are hurting; it could have been you!

November 08 2012 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
theshiva3

Reading a lot of silly comments on here. Come on people, you can do better than that. Nothing to do with "gods" or presidents. Storms happen. With global warming and over development its pretty much past the point of return, this sort of thing is now the norm. Get use to it and learn how to vote outside of your two party systems. The Repub vs Dem thing is tired and has proven time after time that it doesn't work. Folks need to educate themselves and read the hard facts, even though it may hurt when they learn that their "team" is not so great. If only more citizens could think for themselves and not get stuck pigeon holed in one of the two parties they've been manipulated to follow from birth. Everything isn't black & white people. Open your eyes or stop complaining.

November 08 2012 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
danna3945

Nobody is blaming the Government or our Liar in Chief for the storm....just the reaction to the storm. We have a president who went to play basketball while people were still suffering. People without power, food, and water and yet they still voted for the Moron. Whatever makes you happy New Yorkers......
Had you voted Romney in he would be there making sure things got done. It was obvious that Romney is a take charge guy. Maybe Obama will hang with Jay Z again while they all freeze.

November 08 2012 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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theshiva3

You're a tool. Anyone who believes that strongly in a bozo like Romney is brainwashed. Snap out of your two party system and learn to think for yourself.

November 08 2012 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
djrowan

Where is Lord Barack and the FEMA troopers ?

November 08 2012 at 8:46 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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dohc73

I keep picturing Romney crying his eyes out because for once in his charmed life, he didn't get what he thought he deserved.

ha ha

November 08 2012 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
macilibe

They are trying on their new uniforms and making sure there are photo ops so that the country will know it is being saved. FEMA didn't work during Katrina and it's not working with Sandy EXCEPT the media is pretending that all is fine just as the press in the USSR always pretended that all was fine. Local and state and neighbors work better that federal government agencies in helping people in distress. Unless you've worked in the government and understand the bureaucracy and how it does not work, please hold your tongues.

November 08 2012 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jhiggins1123

We're naming snowstorms now? I just saw on CNN they named this storm Athena? Really?

November 08 2012 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jadekatya

the weather channel decided to do that

November 08 2012 at 9:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
sazimi357

If you really are interested in the truth look-up HAARP and the Chemtrails!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9VcWkFrXWY&list=PL9AFF75BD610D722D&feature=g-all-a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnRPZOUVhJ4

November 08 2012 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KAROL

I am a New Yorker and I can't believe my ears to see that some of you are actually blaming this storm or any other on the President...I live in Florida now and have survived the likes of Jeanne and Frances without once blaming our President for any of them and by the way it wasn't President Obama at the time. I know the frustration of no power for weeks, I worked in Special Needs Shelters for days away from my child because other peoples homes were destroyed or no power for special equipment..I get it..but to say he isn't a man of God or blame him for this tragedy is appauling to me, especially after he is the one man who sought and captured and killed a man who destroyed your city in the most tragic of ways..have you truly lost sight of that because I don't live there anymore but it will always be in me that my home state suffered such loss and we have one man to thank that he personally will never have that chance again. I pray for you NY and NJ because I am a believer in God and I also believe in mother nature which is the real reason this is happening to you.

November 08 2012 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jetdogy

ISLAND PARK, NY (LONG ISLAND) NEEDS HELP. THE SMALL TOWNS ARE "NEVER" MENTIONED, ONLY THE BIG CITIES. HELLO??? ANYONE OUT THERE?? OBAMA? WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU, PLAYING BASKETBALL???

November 08 2012 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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vjshaut626

I feel sorry for those without electricity. When the ice storm hit the North east a few years ago everyone in that area banded together and came out of the mess. People have to get back to basics to survive these storms.

November 08 2012 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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fabio2244

feel soooo bad for these people. but...... let FIMA help them

November 08 2012 at 8:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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combattexan48

I would not give these Obama loving yankee's a dime.

November 08 2012 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
linda_brown27

A news man on tv in Fl said that it was a present to Obama this disaster. Would help get him reelected. Well looks like it worked, so now you won't be getting help, you are on your own. Pray for the nation and to get us thru this and the next 4 yrs with a Godless government.

November 08 2012 at 8:21 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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macilibe

Liked your comment above but evidently aol didn't so they didn't register it.

November 08 2012 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
linda_brown27

The news man in Fl said it was a present for Obama this disaster, as it will help him get elected. Guess it worked, pray for our nation and for the next 4 yrs. We will need it with a Godless pres.

November 08 2012 at 8:19 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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