“Nine days after Hurricane Sandy transformed the state, destroying coastal defenses and shattering the power grid,” a Nor’easter has “heaped fresh hardship and fear atop lingering misery,” New Jersey’s Star-Ledger writes this morning.
As promised, The Associated Press says, the storm “brought gusting winds, rain, snow and the threat of flooding … menaced travelers with icy roads, snarled the Long Island Rail Road and knocked out power to people who had only recently gotten it back.”
In short, it added “insult to injury,” NPR’s Martin Kaste said earlier on Morning Edition.
According to The New York Times:
“The storm, which covered cars and trees in the region in a coat of white, brought down power lines faster than repair crews could keep up, and fierce winds and blowing snow threatened to drive the crews off the job. By about 5 p.m. [Wednesday], the northeaster had knocked out electricity to roughly 13,000 Consolidated Edison customers. All told, about 77,000 Con Edison customers had no power on Wednesday evening, up from about 64,000 earlier in the day, according to the company’s Web site.
“The numbers also went up on Long Island. The Long Island Power Authority began the day saying that 184,000 customers still lacked power. By day’s end, the total was 199,000.
“About 151,000 Public Service Electric and Gas customers in New Jersey had no power before the new storm arrived. The company said the storm caused an additional 90,000 power failures statewide.”
There is, thankfully, good news about what’s expected in coming days. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 60s this weekend in the region.
Our colleagues at WNYC continue to track the storm with this radar map.