Snow buries Sandy victims, knocks out power — again

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CNN covers the Nor'easter slamming the Northeast, leaving some of the areas hardest hit by Sandy without power yet again on Nov. 8, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

CNN covers the Nor'easter slamming the Northeast, leaving some of the areas hardest hit by Sandy without power yet again on Nov. 8, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

(CNN) — Superstorm Sandy had already destroyed or damaged their homes, but they had finally gotten their power back after about a week. Residents in the Northeast had weathered the cold and the dark but were getting some much-needed warmth at last. And then just like that  the power went out again.

A nor’easter tore through the same area that saw homes flooded, massive power outages and widespread damage last week, covering the region now in snow  as much as 13 inches in some parts of New Jersey or Connecticut.

Early weather forecasts had predicted rain and perhaps a dusting for Wednesday. But in many places, including Staten Island, New York, people found themselves sleeping in cold homes without power and waking up Thursday to 2 feet of snow outside, CNN’s Rob Marciano reported.

Winds ranging from 45 to 75 mph in Northeastern states shook the wet and already weakened trees. Branches toppled power lines, and again lights began to flicker in homes where many thought maybe, just maybe, they were finally out of the woods.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had sounded the alarm all along. Bloomberg warned residents Tuesday that already-damaged areas could see more water and wind, creating new devastation. He urged them to stay inside and get off the roads.

“I can see us moving backward,” Christie said of the possible impact the nor’easter could have on progress made following Sandy.

In Asbury Park, New Jersey, crews were already back out in the slushy streets still full of debris from the earlier storm.

In a hotel, utility crews from other states had packed a ballroom and were sleeping in cots after helping restore service following Sandy, CNN’s Susan Candiotti reported.

“They had made progress yesterday,” Candiotti said. “But (by the) end of day when snow came down, they already knew they were losing more power than they had restored.”

The good news for New York and New Jersey is that crews are back up and at it again Thursday morning to restore power. And the sun is beaming down on the snow, which residents said they hoped would quickly disappear.

The bad news is the storm is working its way up the coast, and residents in Massachusetts will see strong winds coming their way. The storm front will linger over the northern part of New Hampshire and Maine, the National Weather Service said, and it is expected to bring a few more inches of snow to that area.