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'This Sucks'

'This Sucks'
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I think the New York Daily News said it best with their front-page headline, simply: "this sucks."

New York and New Jersey were blanketed in snow yesterday, adding insult to the very big injury that was Hurricane Sandy. According to New York Times, at least 100,000 homes lost power in New York and New Jersey. With those new outages, there are 715,000 homes still without power in the tri-state area. Train service was also interrupted on the Long Island Rail Road, and more than 1,200 flights were cancelled.

Many without power were forced into shelters or their families' homes. According to MSNBC:

"It's like a sequel to a horror movie," said James Alexander, a resident of the hard-hit Rockaway Peninsula. "Here we are, nine days later — freezing, no electricity, no nothing, waiting for another storm."

But it could have been worse. Again, according to the Times:

Yesterday’s northeaster set the recovery effort back only about 24 or 36 hours in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday morning, striking a relatively hopeful tone.  “’Believe it or not the snow was helpful,” Mr. Christie said. “Because it wasn’t rain, it helped on the flooding side.” Virtually no significant flooding was reported in the state."

Below, images from the storm, by Reuters.


Snow covers clothes hanging outside a home, which was left destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in the Staten Island borough of New York. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)


A girl cries while waiting for a bus during a Nor'easter in the Queens borough of New York. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)


Workers clear snow as people walk down the tracks for the Long Island Railroad in Manhasset, New York. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)


Handout of Mendez warms up by a fire outside her heavily devastated home in Staten Island. (Reuters)


A man stands in the street amongst piles of debris piled up outside of people's homes due to the flooding from hurricane Sandy that are covered in snow left by a nor'easter, also known as a northeaster storm, in the Queens borough neighborhood of Rockaway Beach. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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