Nor'easter Hits New York and New Jersey Making Weather Worse After Last Week’s Hurricane Sandy
Nor'easter storm hit New York and New Jersey Wednesday causing heavy rain and snow leading to power failures and shut down of commute systems.
Associated Press (AP) reports that the nor'easter brought down tree limbs and electrical wires, and utilities in New York and New Jersey. Nearly 60,000 people who lost power because of Sandy faced power failure all over again as a result of the nor'easter.
Mark L. Fendrick, of Staten Island, tweeted Wednesday night: "My son had just got his power back 2 days ago now along comes this nor'easter and it's out again."
John Miksad, senior vice president of electric operations at Consolidated Edison, the chief utility in New York City, said, "I know everyone's patience is wearing thin."
About 1,200 flights were canceled across the Northeast, while residents of a few areas severely struck by Superstorm Sandy were urged to evacuate in case of new flooding. Long Island Rail Road service was also suspended before 7 p.m. because of weather-related signal problems, NBC New York reported.
NBC also claimed that New York Mayor Bloomberg directed police to use their patrol car loudspeakers to warn the 20,000 to 30,000 residents in vulnerable areas to evacuate.
By Wednesday afternoon, the winds had caused more than 100,000 new power outages in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the U.S. Energy Department stated. That brought the total number to 715,000, most of those remaining from Superstorm Sandy, which made landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29.
ABC news stated that forecasters predicted that 3 to 6 inches of snow were possible in some areas. Places that didn't get snow were expected to see 1 to 2 inches of rain.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company said it expects to work through the rain, but federal safety rules bar line crews from working in bucket trucks when winds are greater than 40 mph.
"Crews will resume when it's safe to do so," said PSEG in a statement. The New Jersey utility said it has restored power to about 89% of its customers affected by the hurricane, but still has 185,380 outages.
Mike Donovan, a spokesman for Orange & Rockland, said crews were continuing to work Wednesday afternoon. The company still has about 19,500 customers in the dark.
"Work is continuing around the clock," Mr. Donovan. "We'll stop them for safety if the winds get too high."
"We do think we can continue operating through the storm," said Colonial Pipeline spokesman Steve Baker. "We don't think this is like Sandy."
"So we're getting ready for another storm," Gov. Chris Christie said, noting that New Jersey residents and emergency workers were still weary from last week's assault. "I'm waiting for the locusts and pestilence next."
"I know it's awful to think we might take a few steps back," he said in a briefing on Long Beach Island, which remains off-limits to residents after Sandy's devastation. "I can see us moving backwards, people who have gotten power back losing power again."
AP reports that 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. A section of the Long Island Expressway was closed in both directions because of icy conditions.
The Long Island Rail Road, one of the nation's biggest commuter train systems, suspended all service again after struggling over the past several days to get up and running post-Sandy, stated AP.
AP also noted that the nor'easter cut a feed to a substation briefly Wednesday night, knocking out power to 8,000 customers around East Brunswick, N.J.
Recently, a state official said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired his emergency management director for diverting crews to remove a tree from his driveway during Superstorm Sandy.
NBC news reported that Central Park recorded 2.8 inches of snowfall, beating the 1878 record of 0.1 inches. Bridgeport, Conn., had 3.5 inches, breaking the former record of 2.0 inches set in 1953. While in Newark, N.J., 2.0 inches fell, trace amounts had been recorded in 1981.
"It's not a massive nor'easter by winter standards," added Weather Channel expert Tom Niziol, "but at this time of year immediately after Sandy's wrath and destruction, this isn't what we want."
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