NEW YORK (AP) – For many in the Northeast, the warnings were eerily familiar: Stock up on food and water. Stay off the roads. Be prepared to lose power.
The snowstorm sweeping through the region brought with it echoes of Superstorm Sandy, if not in intensity, in the dread of residents waiting to see what a new storm would bring.
The snowy, windy system that bore down on the Northeast on Friday was expected to drop 8 to 16 inches on the areas hardest hit by Sandy, a swath including New Jersey, New York City, Long Island and Connecticut.
A moderate storm surge was possible, too _ but nothing like the waves that drowned much of the region in late October. Still, the prospect frightened Eddie Malone, a resident of Lindenhurst on Long Island whose house has been under renovation since Sandy’s flooding wiped out his first floor.
“I’m not afraid of the snow _ instead, the sea surge, it may be 7 feet,” Malone said. “I think Sandy was 12 or 13 feet, but 7 feet scares me. … We had no power for two weeks, and now I’m afraid we are going to lose it again.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg sought to reassure folks, saying nothing like Sandy’s surge was expected and stressing that no evacuations were being ordered, as they were before the superstorm.
“Sandy was a big storm that was devastating to a lot of people,” he said. “I don’t think this storm is going to do that.”
In Fairfield, Conn., 65-year-old teacher Kathy Niznansky braced for potential flooding just about a month after she was able to return to her house near the beach. She worried about her sump pump failing if she loses power around high tide.
“If we have another one, sometimes I think maybe you should move,” she said. “I think if I got water in my house from this storm, I think it would really do me in.”
Hemlock Hardware in Fairfield did a brisk business on shovels, batteries, firewood, salt, sand and sleds. The store was getting a lot of calls for generators, too.
“There’s definitely a change in response to storms now,” said owner Scott Pesavento. “Power outages, I guess, is the first concern now when they hear `storm.'”
Al Terrile, a 69-year-old retired Southport resident, stocked up on batteries, a box of firewood and a light at the hardware store. He lost power for four days during Sandy.
“Maybe nothing will happen but just in case,” he said. “It seems like our electrical system has suddenly turned fragile.”
At the Jersey shore, where waves of 12 feet and moderate flooding were possible, Brick Township and Toms River issued voluntary evacuation orders for areas still recovering from Sandy.
“We’re telling people, if they can, find shelter elsewhere,” said Edward Moroney, a Brick Township spokesman.
In New York City’s Staten Island, at a tent shelter set up for superstorm victims still living without power, volunteers used tarps and a makeshift drain to keep the bad weather out. Manager Donna Graziano said she feared the new storm would keep her regulars away.
“A lot of residents don’t have the means to cook anything,” she said. “I’m sure for tonight they’ll make arrangements, but it’s heartbreaking to me because I hear their cries every day. I give them their hugs.”
Douglas Beman, 30, of Greenburgh in the northern New York suburbs, was thinking of Sandy _ and the long gas lines that followed it _ as he filled his Chevy Tahoe and a 5-gallon gas can at a Mobil station.
“Sandy taught me this lesson: Stock up on gasoline,” he said.
In coastal areas of Queens and Long Island, not nearly recovered yet from Sandy, memories were easily stirred.
“A little snow doesn’t scare me,” said Leeann Rivera, 43, stocking up at the only major grocery store still open in the Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaway section of Queens. “But if we were talking about the type of damage that Sandy did, I’d be gone. I would leave New York right now.”
Contributing to this report were Alison Barnwell and Sophia Hall on Long Island, Associated Press videojournalist Bonny Ghosh in New York and AP writer John Christoffersen in Fairfield, Conn.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Affordable small home makeovers for Mother's Day
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon
- What you need to know about Alzheimer's disease in Arizona
- Spring clean your windows like a pro with these 8 tips
- 7 films that should have won best-picture Oscars
- New plumbing technology saves money and improves your home
- Survey shows Arizona CFOs optimistic about 2016
- How chronic pain can affect your love life