Residents of the Northeast section of the United States were slammed again by erratic weather this week, just days after Superstorm Sandy, a massive storm that pummeled the area, leaving millions in damage and thousands more in the dark.mile along the eastern U.S.
Within 10 days following the category 1Superstorm, a Nor’easter blew through on Nov. 7, covering the week-old Sandy devastation in New Jersey and New York with a blanket of snow.
As a result of the two storms, more than 600,000 residents were without power Nov. 9. New Jersey’s Monmouth County alone had 55,472 residents without power, and 52,699 in Ocean County were also affected according to numbers reported by Jersey Central Power & Light late Thursday night.
Another 12,813 electric power customers remained in the dark in West Virginia.
“I really believe, with the exception of a few outliers in some very difficult areas like some of the barrier island towns, especially the ones between Point Pleasant Beach and Seaside Heights, with the exception of those, I think most people will have power by Saturday,” said Gov. Chris Christie, in a news briefing.
Christie said that the damage caused by the snowstorm only set back crews working to restore order by roughly a day and a half.
The governor deployed more than 2,100 members of the National Guard to help with relief efforts and clean-up after Sandy, and commended the men and women who also evacuated more than 4,000 people from some of the hardest hit counties.
New York City officials are trying to speed up the recovery and relief process through distribution centers with clean water and hot food.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that “an odd-even license plate system” would begin Friday at 6 a.m. to expedite gasoline purchases and cut down overcrowding at gas stations in his city. Motorists will buy gas on either odd or even days depending on their license plate.
The National Guard has also helped transport fuel and other crucial supplies to first responders and to those working to quickly repair the state’s infrastructure and electricity.