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At the peak of the outages from Sandy, more than 8.5 million customers lost power. Before the nor’easter hit, that number was down to 675,000, nearly all of them in New Jersey and New York.
The storm could bring repairs to a standstill because of federal safety regulations that prohibit linemen from working in bucket trucks when wind gusts reach 40 mph.
With new storm pending, airlines take no chances
Major airlines are scrapping flights in and out of the New York area ahead of the second significant storm in little more than a week.
United, the world’s largest airline, is suspending most service here starting at noon Wednesday due to a winter storm forecast for the region. It warns that bad weather will likely cause more delays and cancellations throughout the Northeast.
American Airlines is shutting down in New York at 3 p.m. Wednesday. It’s also stopping flights to and from Philadelphia at noon.
Most other airlines, including Delta Air Lines Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp., are asking passengers to reschedule their Northeast flights for a later date. They’re waiving the usual change fees of up to $150.
Superstorm Sandy last week led to about 24,000 flight cancellations.
Authorities warned also that trees and limbs broken or weakened by Sandy could fall and that even where repairs have been made, the electrical system is fragile, with some substations fed by only a single power line instead of several.
The nor’easter cut a feed to a substation briefly Wednesday night, knocking out power to 8,000 customers around East Brunswick, N.J.
On Wednesday, a state official said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired his emergency management director for diverting crews to remove a tree from his driveway during Superstorm Sandy.
The latest on Sandy recovery efforts
The latest on the fallout from Superstorm Sandy, which hit the East Coast last week, and a new wintry storm hitting the Northeast.
FORECAST: A strengthening storm moving up the East Coast with snow, sleet, rain and wind gusts as high as 60 mph is expected to spread through the region through Thursday. Moderate coastal flooding possible.
POWER OUTAGES: Nearly 800,000 homes and businesses, mostly in New Jersey and New York, down from a peak of more than 8.5 million. Figures from Sandy have fallen greatly or disappeared but have started rising again in some places because of the new storm.
CONNECTICUT: As much as 8 inches of snow reported through Wednesday night inland. State’s largest utility sends line workers and tree trimmers back to work as snow and winds start. Power outages: About 4,000.
MASSACHUSETTS: Up to 4 inches of snow expected in western and central Massachusetts; Cape Cod and neighboring islands under high-wind warning. Outages: 7,700.
NEW JERSEY: Crews push sand back onto beaches to protect areas flooded by Sandy’s surge. New evacuations ordered in some communities already emptied by Sandy; new shelters open. Some who just got power back after Sandy lost it in new storm. Outages: 475,000.
NEW YORK: Construction in New York City is halted ahead of rain, sleet and snow. Residents of low-lying neighborhoods are urged, but not ordered, to evacuate. Major airlines scrap flights more than a week after Sandy caused cancellation of more than 20,000. Long Island Rail Road, major commuter route, suspends service. Outages: More than 292,000, tens of thousands of them caused by the new storm.
PENNSYLVANIA: Road and utility crews prepare for windblown snow, freezing rain and 1 to 5 inches of snow, including up to 4 in Philadelphia. Delays and cancellations at Philadelphia airport. Outages: More than 1,000.
RHODE ISLAND: Sandy recovery efforts are suspended as officials brace for new power failures. Outages: 560.
WEST VIRGINIA: Power is slowly being restored after Sandy’s heavy snowfall, but full recovery could take months. Schools remained closed in at least two districts. Outages: 18,700.
DEATHS: More than 100; figure has fluctuated as authorities release more information.
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