Another Storm Hits Northeast, Days After Hurricane Sandy
“I don’t think I can take another storm right now.”
That’s what Ian Allyn told a New York Times reporter on Wednesday in the Breezy Point neighborhood of New York City.
Hurricane Sandy heavily damaged Breezy Point just last week.
On Wednesday, another storm hit the New York City area with gusty wind, cold rain and – this time — wet, heavy snow.
But it was nowhere near as severe as Sandy.
There were at least two deadly car accidents in neighboring Connecticut.
And thousands of people lost their electrical power again – some less than a day after they got it back.
But the new outages were just a tiny fraction of the massive outages Sandy caused.
And there were few reports of additional damage – and, unlike Sandy, no catastrophic flooding.
The storm did dump a surprising amount of snow in some places.
Thirteen inches were reported in Clintonville, Connecticut.
And 13 inches fell in Freehold, New Jersey, according to an unofficial report from the National Weather Service.
Earlier in the week, weather forecasters said the snow was most likely to fall in the mountains of northern New Jersey and the Catskills in New York.
But nearly five inches of snow fell in Central Park – right in the heart of New York City.
And as much as eight inches was reported in parts of low-lying Long Island east of the city.
For thousands of kids in the region, that meant another day off from school.
In the Staten Island borough of New York City, nearly six-and-a-half inches of snow fell, according to an unofficial report.
But most reports from the island came in at three inches or less.
In Staten Island neighborhoods such as New Dorp Beach, homes reduced to rubble by Sandy were covered with a blanket of white by Thursday morning.
But there was little left to destroy.
“(This) isn’t scary at all,” Staten Island resident Elena McDonnell told the Associated Press, comparing this latest storm to Sandy. “This is nothing.”