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Governor: 'I am waiting for the locusts'

The New York-New Jersey region woke up to a layer of wet snow and more power outages Thursday after a new storm pushed back efforts to recover from the superstorm that had left millions powerless and dozens dead.

A nor'easter brought gusting winds, rain, snow and the threat of flooding to the Northeast, menacing travellers with icy roads and snarling traffic once again in the country's most densely populated region.

Mark L. Fendrick, of Staten Island, tweeted: "My son had just got his power back 2 days ago now along comes this nor'easter and it's out again."

Exactly as authorities feared, the nor'easter brought down tree limbs and electrical wires, and utilities in New York and New Jersey reported that nearly 60,000 customers who lost power because of Sandy lost it all over again as a result of the nor'easter.

"I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. Public works crews with heavy machinery worked to build up dunes to protect the battered shoreline.

More than half a million homes and businesses remained without power as temperatures hit freezing at night, and finding tens of thousands of people emergency housing, in some cases, for the long term, was the greatest challenge.

The utility Con Ed, which serves New York City, said that by early evening, the nor'easter knocked out power to at least 11,000 customers, some of whom had just gotten it back. Tens of thousands more were expected to lose power overnight.

The Long Island Power Authority said by evening that the number of customers in the dark had risen from 150,000 to more than 198,000.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered police to use loudspeakers to warn vulnerable residents, many of them in low-income public housing, about evacuating.

The Canadian Press


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