Posted in: Infrastructure,
by Gregg Laskoski on Nov 5, 2012 11:42 AM
In the northeast where gasoline prices are volatile and fuel in too many places is still hard to find, about 1.9 million homes and businesses remain without power a week after Sandy’s winds and record tides swamped Lower Manhattan, Long Island and destroyed the electrical infrastructure in New Jersey’s seaside communities.
Freezing temperatures were forecast for areas of the NY-NJ metro markets tonight and tomorrow morning by Accuweather.com. New York's Mayor Bloomberg says the city may need to find homes for 40,000 whom Sandy has rendered homeless and on top of all that while the rest of the country prepares for Election Day tomorrow,
folks in New York and New Jersey now must brace for a nor'easter.
Today schools, polling places and senior centers were a priority for crews working to get the lights back on for about 200,000 Consolidated Edison (ED) customers still without power as of yesterday, said Mike Clendenin, a spokesman for Con-Ed, the utility which provides service to New York City and Westchester County in New York.
Getting power back to all customers in Westchester County(part of the NY metro market north of the Bronx), where blocked roads hamper repairs, may take another week.
On Long Island About 309,000 households remained without electricity as of yesterday and more than a quarter of those may be too severely damaged to accept power.
In New Jersey, Jersey Central Power & Light, which served many of the shoreline communities battered by the storm, said yesterday that the majority of the utility’s 1.1 million customers would have power back by Nov. 7. Those in hardest-hit areas would have to wait as long as 14 days for electricity, and it may be even longer for some.
And now, AP says forecasters are tracking another coastal storm that threatens cleanup and recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. The National Weather Service says the nor'easter could hit the region on Wednesday into Thursday.
The storm could produce strong winds, heavy rain and cause moderate tidal flooding along the coast, Raritan Bay and lower Delaware Bay.
Buildings and trees weakened by Sandy would be vulnerable to additional damage.
The storm would also hamper efforts to restore electricity that was lost during Sandy. Please, say a prayer.