A nor’easter that blew into New York and Jersey today, brought with it rain and wet snow. And exactly as authorities feared, tree limbs are down and so are electrical wires.
The Long Island Power Authority says more than 198,000 customers are without power.
The storm has plunged homes right back into darkness and stopped some commuter trains in Long Island by downing trees and power liens.
Under ordinary circumstances, a storm of this sort wouldn’t be a big deal, but large swaths of the landscape are still an open wound. The electrical system is fragile and many of Sandy’s victims are still mucking out their homes and cars and shivering in the cold.
New York City police are urged residents to leave low-lying neighborhoods but Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not issued mandatory evacuations. Many are staying behind because their fear looting.
Airlines have canceled at least 1,300 U.S. flights in and out of the New York metro area. And the Long Island Rail Road — one of the nation’s biggest commuter train systems — has suspended all service.