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Thursday
Mar072013

Nor'easter Begins Wreaking Havoc on Northeast

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The winter snowstorm that tormented the Midwest has become a major, slow-moving nor'easter that has already brought snow, coastal flooding and whipping winds to the Northeast.

Parts of the New Jersey coastline were already underwater Wednesday night, which prompted voluntary evacuations in Toms River and Brick while the Shrewsbury River flooded local streets in Sea Bright, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

Overnight, the highest wind gust recorded off New Jersey was 71 mph, and 30 to 50 mph winds are expected to last until Friday morning, which could bring 13-foot waves just offshore.

The high winds are expected to bring down power lines as more than 2,000 people are without power in New Jersey as of 4 a.m., WABC reported.

Overnight, snow started to fall in parts of Long Island.  New York City is expecting a snowy, rainy mix with a chilly wind on Thursday, with another round of snow in the forecast Thursday night.

New York City is expected to get up to 3 inches of snow by the time the storm system moves out Friday morning, with some higher storm total amounts possible on eastern Long Island.  Boston may see 2 to 4 inches, with higher totals inland where a winter storm warning has been issued from Worcester to just north of Providence.

Winter warnings are posted in seven Northeast states.  The biggest snowfall totals will come Friday, and parts of New England could see more than 6 inches of snow.

More than 440 flights have been canceled for Thursday, according to FlightAware.com.  New York's LaGuardia Airport has the most cancellations, followed by Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

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Thursday
Nov082012

Nor'easter Sets Back Recovery from Superstorm Sandy

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Many Northeast residents still reeling from superstorm Sandy were left in the dark again on Wednesday after a nor'easter blew over the region.

For many frustrated residents in New York and New Jersey, who had just recently gotten power back and were drying off after being inundated with flood waters, the storm was the last thing they needed.

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

The nor'easter brought wet snow, sleet, rain and wind gusts that reached up to 54 mph on Long Island, N.Y., Wednesday afternoon through the evening.

Con Ed said on Thursday the storm knocked out power to approximately 55,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County.

The Long Island Power Authority said "last night's storm has caused additional damage and power outages."  Its current outage tally -- from both Sandy and the nor'easter -- stands at more than 206,000 customers.

In New Jersey, Christie ordered evacuations along the southern coastline before the storm.

"We may take a step back in the next 24 hours," he said.  "You need to be prepared for that.  I'm prepared for that.  I hate setbacks.  I don't tolerate them usually very well but this one I can't control."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered all parks, playgrounds and beaches closed and all construction sites to be secured.  On Tuesday evening, he ordered three nursing homes and an adult-care facility evacuated from Queens' vulnerable Rockaway peninsula.

"It is a good idea to stay indoors," Bloomberg warned on Wednesday.  "Hurricane Sandy weakened trees and storm debris blow around dangerously."

The nor'easter is winding down Thursday morning for New Jersey and New York, but snow will continue on Thursday for parts of New England, where an additional 2 to 6 inches are possible.

New Haven, Conn., was walloped on Wednesday with more than 10 inches of snow, while more than 4 inches fell in Central Park and near 6 inches in Newark, N.J.

The highest recorded wind gust was 76 mph in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Nor'easter Evacuations for Some New York, New Jersey Residents

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A week after superstorm Sandy caused massive damage and power outages, some New York and New Jersey residents have been evacuated ahead of a nor'easter that is expected to bring high winds and rain to the region.

Three nursing homes and one adult care facility in New York City's hard hit Rockaways section were evacuated on Tuesday, while in New Jersey, some coastline residents were asked to leave their homes.

Wednesday's nor'easter isn't expected to be as bad as Sandy, but with thousands still without power in New Jersey and New York City, officials are worried about residents hunkered down in damaged homes with no power.

Winds could gust up to at least 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.  
Storm surges could reach up to 3 feet on the coast lines.

And snow is expected to fall from northern Maryland to eastern Pennsylvania, with Washington, D.C., seeing 1 to 2 inches and Philadelphia around 3 inches.

"We live by the adage -- prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and that's exactly what we're doing," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

Cuomo said the state is slowly taking steps toward recovery in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

"We have about 350,000 New Yorkers without power.  That's way down from what it was -- about 2.1 million, but it's still not okay," he said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said those that have finally regained power could lose it after the nor'easter.  He assured that the state is still taking strides toward recovery following Sandy.

"The fact that I have 2.1 million people with power back doesn't mean a damn to you if you don't have your power back.  You're happy for your neighbor, but you're not happy until your lights go on, until your heat goes on, and I recognize that," Christie said.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration put a number to the storm's homeless in New York and New Jersey, saying 95,000 people were eligible for emergency housing assistance.  In New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, more than 277,000 people have registered for general assistance, the agency said.

There have been no mandatory evacuations in low-lying areas in New York City, but with a storm surge expected from the nor'easter, many living near the water are worried.

"We're going to get a lot of wind and a lot of rain and that's what's scary," Maria Curatola, of Staten Island, told ABC News.  "I'm hoping it'll blow over.  I'm hoping it'll go the opposite way -- we've had enough."

With temperatures dropping into the mid 30s overnight, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged those without power and heat to head to shelters and warming centers.  The mayor has also closed parks, playgrounds and beaches.

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Tuesday
Nov062012

Superstorm Sandy: FEMA Trailers May Be Used to House Homeless

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the Northeast braces for a nor'easter in the wake of superstorm Sandy, government leaders are turning their attention to finding long-term housing for tens of thousands of people left homeless.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said trailers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) might help some people, but it would be just one way victims of Sandy could find shelter.  Others might move to hotels or other temporary housing.

"There are some local governments that will want trailers.  Many communities on Long Island use trailers during situations like this.  And they're frequently seen.  So some communities, it's going to be a community by community option," Cuomo said at a Monday press conference.

There are still more than 1.4 million homes and businesses without power -- more than 115,000 in New York City alone.  Sandy has left as many as 40,000 New Yorkers homeless, according to city officials.  About half of those people live in public housing.

FEMA has already dispensed close to $200 million in emergency housing assistance and put 34,000 people in New York and New Jersey in hotels and motels.  Still, city and state officials have not laid out an official plan with specifics to move the homeless into long-term housing in an already congested area.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday that the government's first priority is getting people to a warm place where they can eat a hot meal.  Beyond that, the government wants to find housing as close to people's homes as possible.

"We're in the process of looking at all options for housing," she said.  "Given the extent of the housing need, no option is off the table."

Compounding the immediate need for housing is a nor'easter that is expected to bring rain and high winds on Wednesday to the areas hit hard by Sandy.

"There's always a chance of there being a little snow.  But right now, it looks like most of the rainfall from this system will be confined to coastal areas.  We expect most of it, especially across the mid-Atlantic region that were hit by Sandy, to fall in the form of rain," Brian Korty, a forecaster at the National Weather Service, told ABC News.

The worst weather for New York City and the tri-state area will be Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening, with wind gusts along the coast near 50 mph.  A storm surge of 1 to 4 feet is possible in coastal New Jersey and Long Island.

"Under normal conditions it wouldn't be that problematic.  This is complicated because this is a storm that would approach before we have recovered from the first storm," Cuomo said.

The Red Cross doesn't expect the nor'easter to hurt its ability to get hot meals to victims.

"We have 5,300 Red Cross workers from all over the country who are here trying to help.  And as long as it's safe to do so, volunteers will be out there," said Red Cross worker Daphne Hart.

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Monday
Nov052012

Nor'easter Headed for Battered New York-New Jersey Region

Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York and New Jersey area, still struggling to recover from superstorm Sandy, is now bracing for a nor'easter that will bring more rain, wind and brutal cold as it pummels the coast this week.

Over the next three days, cold air will drop in to the northeast corridor of the U.S., bringing wind chills down to 33 degrees to areas that were severely impacted by Sandy.  Gusts of wind up to 55 mph are likely to reach the region by Wednesday.

The National Weather Service warns of high winds, coastal flooding and beach erosion, adding that localized flooding from heavy rain and wet snow could potentially bring power outages and dangerous travel.

High winds are expected to knock down more trees and limbs that have already been weakened by Sandy, according to the NWS.

Tempers are already fraying as more than 1.4 million homes are entering their second week without power.  The hardest hit areas are New Jersey, with 780,000 outages, and New York, which still has 540,000 without power.

Another storm could delay restoration efforts as well as add new outages to the utilities' repair list.

As the nor'easter moves in, tens of thousands of New Yorkers are still displaced, homeless or living in cold, dark homes without power.  According to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 20,000 people in the city could need housing help.

On Monday night, temperatures are expected to reach into the low to mid 20s for most the area between New York and Washington, D.C.  Air temperatures will be near freezing, and daytime highs will not rebound much, only into the 40s for most areas.

Strong winds at 40 to 50 mph will raise the surf and push some of the storm surge inland into coastal New Jersey and southern New England, possibly flooding some of the coastal areas once again.

Rainfall is anticipated to be the heaviest along the coast around the Outer Banks of North Carolina to southern New England around Boston and Cape Cod, where 3 to 4 inches of rain could fall.

The New Jersey shore and Long Island can expect to see 1 to 3 inches of rain.

Up to a foot of snow is expected in inland areas, from the Poconos in Pennsylvania to New York's Catskills, Adirondacks Mountains, as well as the Green and White mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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Sunday
Nov042012

Nor'easter Storm Following in Sandy's Path, 2 Million Without Power as Temperatures Drop

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A ferocious nor'easter storm could wreak more havoc on areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, as plunging temperatures threaten the nearly two million homes and businesses that remain without power in the Northeast.

The nor'easter is expected to hit on Wednesday in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Temperatures could drop into the 20s and bring "strong gusty winds," rain and coastal flooding, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

With overnight temperatures dropping, the 874,000 customers without power in New York State, most in New York City, Long Island and the northern suburbs, were urged to go to shelters for heat. The city also planned to hand out blankets to residents who refuse to leave their homes despite the lack of power and heat.

"I spoke with many people who were worried and frustrated and cold," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "There is no power there and temperatures are dropping. Even those who have generators are having a hard time getting fuel."

Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was visiting New Jersey Sunday and meeting with local officials, including Gov. Chris Christie, to review recovery efforts in the ravaged areas.

Fuel

Adding to the anguish are fuel shortages and long lines at gas stations.

It's a short-term issue, Cuomo said today, "but "that does not mean there will be a total alleviation of the problem in the immediate future."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Friday night to ration gasoline for cars in 12 New Jersey counties, after more than half the stations in New Jersey and Long Island shut down because of the storm, resulting in hours-long lines for customers and threatening a gas shortage. Under Christie's order, car owners with odd numbered license plates can get gas on odd days, and car owners with even numbered license plates can get gasoline on even days. If one's license ends with a letter, Christie said it would be regarded as an odd number would be.

"This system will ease the strain on those gas stations still operating, while we work to bring more online for the public to access fuel, in a manner that is fair, easy to understand, and less stressful," Christie said.

Transportation

Schools will open in New York City on Monday, but because of storm damage, some students will have schedule changes or be bused to different schools.

The long commute between boroughs has also been eased, with Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees working around the clock to restore 80 percent of the New York subway system. All subway lines except the G train are now running to some extent, according to the MTA website.

"This is a major step forward in the resumption of regular subway service in New York City," Cuomo said. "Once again, subway customers have a direct link between Brooklyn and Manhattan, giving them a fast and reliable way to get to their jobs, their schools and their homes."

The subway returned to limited service Thursday after Sandy crippled transit between the five boroughs on Monday, prompting the Metropolitan Transit Authority to call it the most severe flooding the subway system has seen in 108 years. With Manhattan-Brooklyn subways out of service, commuters waited in long lines to take shuttle buses across the East River to work.

New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor, which extends from Trenton Transit Center to New York Penn Station, was operational on Friday after a week-long service suspension. The remaining NJT lines are still suspended.

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Thursday
Nov012012

Nor’easter May Be Next for New England

Hemera/Thinkstock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- As steps toward recovery slowly progress in the wake of Sandy, another storm may soon be hitting the East Coast in time for Election Day.

The National Weather Service’s Prediction Center issued a warning for a possible nor’easter, which may hit the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions as early as next Tuesday.

While the storm is not anticipated to be as destructive as Sandy, the prediction center anticipated the storm will “cause light to moderate precipitation around that region of the country” and “produce impacts much less extreme.”

The Washington Post reports that the European Centre Medium Range Forecast (EURO) model, which tracked Sandy over a week before it hit, shows a simulation of the storm that will bring moderate rains and gusty winds in many of the same areas ravaged by the superstorm.

The impending storm may possibly delay the recuperation efforts of both New York and New Jersey.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec212011

Nor'easter Could Bring White Christmas to Millions

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While blizzard conditions may have ended over the U.S. for now, a nor'easter is now a possibility for Dec. 24-25, which might mean a white Christmas for major cities along the East Coast from Washington, D.C., to Boston and hectic travel conditions for millions.

Over the last 24 hours, some 24 inches of snow fell in New Mexico, with winds gusting over 70 mph in the mountains. Up to a foot of snow from was seen from Colorado to Kansas and Oklahoma, and 10-foot drifts were reported in Colorado.

As the storm crawled across the region, it shuttered highways and was blamed for a number of deaths.

The storm has weakened as it moves east, and it may mostly be a rainmaker, with thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast.  Some of these storms could produce heavy rain with minor flooding, gusty winds and some hail.

The storm will hit the East Coast Wednesday morning with rain from Atlanta to Boston.  Some airport delays are expected as rain and low clouds come into the region. Afterwards, a new storm is predicted to form, which could usher in a white Christmas for millions.

Three scenarios are possible for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The first would be snow just outside major East Coast cities, with rain changing to snow from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

Another possibility is that rain will be seen along the coast, with snow inland in areas like the Poconos in Pennsylvania, New York's Catskills mountains and mountains in New England.

The final scenario is that the storm moves south of the Northeast, and misses the major cities altogether.

"My feeling on this storm it will be mostly rain for major cities along the coast with snow further inland," ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo said. "But we know how unpredictable storms could be this time of the year, so I would check in tomorrow and every day until Saturday for updated information."

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Monday
Oct312011

Trees to Blame for Nor’easter Destruction

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The devastating effects of the rare October snowstorm that rocked the Northeast over the weekend resulted from the unusual mix of wet, heavy snow and leafy trees.

“The combination of things was a perfect storm,” said Dena Libner, spokeswoman for the Central Park Conservancy. "The trees were unusually green and the presence of leaves served to support a lot more snow, causing a lot more damage.”

The storm left thousands of roads littered with debris and millions of people without power. States of emergency have been declared in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and parts of New York.

According to Libner, Central Park may lose 1,000 trees because of the storm.

“This was more devastating than the tornado in August 2009 that hit the north end of the park and took out 500 trees,” she said.

Tree branches cover the roads in northern New Jersey, and downed power lines are draped across many streets. Traffic lights in many northern parts of the state remain out, and residents that are still without power are congregating over their laptops at coffee shops that still have heat.

“This season we’ve had a warm fall and a lot of moisture, even though the days have been changing things are delayed a little bit,” Mark Fisher, director of horticulture at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, told ABC News. “The leaves are holding so much moisture, and when the snow accumulates on the leaves it can be very destructive.”

In Bloomfield, N.J., the storm even managed to short-circuit Halloween.

“Halloween has been rescheduled for Friday Nov. 4, 2011,” a robocall alerted residents.

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Sunday
Oct302011

JetBlue Passengers Stranded on Connecticut Tarmac for 7 Hours

Scott Olson/Getty Images(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- The unusual October snowstorm that left millions of people without power across the Northeast this weekend also caused 200 passengers to be stranded for seven hours aboard a JetBlue Airways flight at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn.

Flight 504 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., scheduled to land in Newark, N.J., made a diverted landing in Hartford Saturday afternoon due to bad weather.

The plan landed around 1:30 p.m., although it did not make it to the gate until 9 p.m., as a result of an “unusual combination of weather and infrastructure issues,” according to a statement issued from the airline.

Frustrated passengers were stranded without food, water or functioning bathrooms.

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