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By Wednesday night, 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.
Throughout the Tri-state area, people wore coats indoors as they endured yet
another night without heat. Some of those who had weathered Sandy told NBC
New York on Wednesday they were petrified.
"It's like a sequel to a horror movie," said James Alexander, a resident of
the hard-hit Rockaway Peninsula. "Here we are, nine days later - freezing,
no electricity, no nothing, waiting for another storm."
Alexander's home was spared when Sandy hit, but homes around him burned to
the ground, and the boardwalk near his home was washed out to sea.
"They said it would be a rough winter," he noted to NBC New York.
One local resident refuses to be driven out by the latest storm, a combo of
snow and rain that is threatening areas already ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.
NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports.
About 1,200 flights were canceled across the Northeast, while residents of a
few areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy last week were urged to evacuate
in case of new flooding. Long Island Rail Road service was also suspended
before 7 p.m.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg directed police to use their patrol car
loudspeakers to warn the 20,000 to 30,000 residents in vulnerable areas to
evacuate. . Officers found that most had left their homes to stay with
family, NBC New York reported.
The snow from the latest Nor'easter is expected to continue through midnight
before finally winding down in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The nor'easter, dubbed "Athena" by The Weather Channel, could produce strong
gusts that could also turn up piled debris from Sandy into projectiles.
"With winds picking up to 30-, 40-, 50-mile-per-hour gusts," he added, "our
fear is that if people are out and about they could be hit by flying debris.
We would urge people to stay in their houses, stay home, and let the storm
Central Park recorded 2.8 inches of snowfall, beating the 1878 record of 0.1
inches. Bridgeport, Conn., saw 3.5 inches, breaking the former record of 2.0
inches set in 1953. In Newark, N.J., 2.0 inches fell; trace amounts had been
recorded in 1981.
As the day cooled into night, The Weather Channel forecast three inches of
snow in Philadelphia with wind gusts over 30 mph, a combination of wet snow
and wind in New Jersey, and snowfall totals of six to 12 inches in
southeastern New York and New England.
Fearing winds could down more trees, the city also closed all parks,
playgrounds and beaches at noon Wednesday, and ordered all construction
sites to be secured.
Airlines cancel flights ahead of nor'easter
Sandy killed more than 100 people, mainly in New York City and New Jersey,
and left more than 8 million homes and businesses without power.