Hundreds Of Thousands Without Power, As Rare October Winter Storm Slams Tri-State


snow14First it was an earthquake. Then it was a hurricane. Now, New York City is dealing with a snowstorm in October.

Heavy snow is falling across most of the Tri-State area as part of a rare October storm that could dump anywhere from a dusting to up to 12 inches of snow throughout the region.

In New York City, records were broken after 1.3 inches of snow accumulated in Central Park as of 2 p.m., setting the mark not only for the day, but also for the month of October. Since snowfall records began in 1869, an inch of snow had never been recorded in the month of October.

The last two times that measurable snow fell in the month of October was October 21, 1952 with 0.5 inches, and October 30, 1925 with 0.8 inches.

Records were also broken in Newark, which recorded 2.7 inches of snow as of 4:30 p.m.

The snowstorm led to power outages for nearly 580,000 customers along the East Coast.

As of 6:40 p.m., Con Edison customers without power number 12,672 on Staten Island, 39 in Brooklyn, 93 in Queens, zero in Manhattan, 7,663 in the Bronx, and 47,966 in Westchester.

Nearly 1,388 Long Island Power Authority customers and 200,000 PSE&G customers were also experiencing power outages.

Power outages affected 36,314 customers in Orange and Rockland Counties, while 241,869 Connecticut Light&Power customers were affected.

Also, Jersey City Power&Light reported 190,000 customers without power.

CBS 2HD learned that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was one of the customers who lost power during the snowstorm.

More than 160,000 customers in lost power in Philadelphia and its suburbs this afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for New York City until 2 a.m., with forecasters calling for 2-7 inches of snow in the city, and 8-12 inches in the outer suburbs. Portions of New Jersey could see up to a foot of snow as well.

There is also a high wind watch for Long Island tonight.

Occasional bands of heavy wet snow will continue to affect the area through 8 p.m., with snow fall rates of up to 1 inch per hour. Embedded thunder will also be possible in the heavy snow bands. Rain may briefly mix in with the snow when precipitation lightens. Extremely dangerous travel conditions will continue with snow covered roads and visibilities reduced to 1/4 mile or less at times.

Winds will also be increasing through the evening hours to 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 55 mph… highest closer to the coast. The combination of strong winds and heavy wet snow on trees with partial or full foliage will continue to produce widespread damage and power outages.

Tonight will be very cold with some snow early and then skies will clear up late. Temperatures will also drop into the 30s.

Forecasters say motorists should expect slippery travel into Sunday morning. The New York City Office of Emergency Management has issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Saturday. NJ TRANSIT and the MTA have also advised customers to take extra care and caution when traveling.

Likely to see the most snow in the Tri-state area could be Connecticut where Gov. Dan Malloy warned residents to be prepared for possible power outages this weekend due to heavy snow.

Power companies in Connecticut are also bracing for the storm.

Mitch Gross, spokesman for Connecticut Light and Power, says if the forecast is correct, customers need to be prepared.

“Are you prepared to possibly, and I stress possibly, be without power for an extended period? That’s the message we’re trying to get out today,” said Gross.

Gross says CL&P will likely not be able to rely on assistance from out-of-state crews as they will be tied up restoring power in their home states from this very same storm.

Parts of New Jersey have also been getting ready for snow.

At the Morris County garage, 40 trucks were outfitted with spreaders and plows.

“We got all the blows and sanders and the spreaders on the trucks today so we are ready to go,” said road supervisor Greg St. John. “Normally we don’t start until the first week of November.”

St. John says this time of year they usually just do road repair.

“Twenty years I’ve been working with the county, this is the first I remember this early,” he said.

Even if you don’t live in one the areas expected to get snow, it is still going to be cold this weekend with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees cooler than we’re used to seeing this time of year.

{CBS Local/ Newscenter}


  1. This story reports that “As of 6:40 p.m., Con Edison customers without power number 12,672 on Staten Island, 39 in Brooklyn, 93 in Queens, zero in Manhattan, 7,663 in the Bronx, and 47,966 in Westchester”.

    Could someone please explain to me how is it that, in the heart of the most prosperous and highly populated area of the most powerful nation ever to appear on the face of this planet at least 68,433 homes are deprived of electricity (and possibly other essential services, too) after the fall of a few inches of snow?

    Just what is happening in your country, Americans? Why are you being reduced to the living standards of a third world country?

  2. First it was an earthquake. Then it was a hurricane. Now, New York City Jewish populated area is dealing with a snowstorm in “October” so this is probably sending us a clear message from Hashem that we are living in critical times of history and we all have to wake up and do Teshuva AS # 3 said maybe it’s time to go to Eretz Yisroel… with Moshiach

  3. BS”D
    A message from Moishela
    A handicapped child
    Daled Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5772
    Oct 16’11


    I will just repeat some of what I have said already, but I also want to emphasize it strongly.

    We are soon going to be in a raging war. The war has already begun. The world economy is going to crash, not fall; crash. Its already sliding down at the speed of sound. While the world has become more and more chaotic with very lively and violent demonstrations in almost every country of the western world and the Arab world and China, Russia everywhere.

    We here in Eretz Yisroel are still strolling around leisurely buying falafel, ice cream, and the likes, planning our trips to America to Europe etc. True many people are feeling here in Israel the economic pinch, but still we are generally trying very hard to be oblivious to what is happening in the world. The Jewish population of Europe and America is using the same type of “head in the ground” Shita, just not to admit that this superficial world that they have built out of materials that are not able to withstand the Truth is about to fall and disappear into oblivion. They refuse to admit that the life of endless Bar Mitzvahs endless expensive Gashmiusdik weddings endless shopping, shopping, and more shopping, endless stuffing themselves with foods in restaurant after restaurant is almost at an end. Not just that, we are entering a time of deprivation, a time that will herald in the end of the world as we know it. If you feel depressed by what I am saying, you will feel even more depressed if you don’t prepare yourself this minute for what is coming. This minute. I repeat again. Prepare yourself this minute for what is coming, because its coming very soon.

    You will not have anyone or anything to depend on. Not your Social Security, or your Bituach Leumi, not your pension in any country, not the almighty dollar. It will be worthless. Not the Sterling, or the Euro, or the Yen or any currency. Gold will be extremely valuable, but how much gold can you carry around, and how much gold can you be sure no one will steal from you? Tzva Hagana L’Yisrael (the Israeli Defense Force) will be in shambles. The Knesset with all its evil and lying politicians will disappear. The medical profession will crumble. Will we have the basics in our houses like water, electricity etc.? That we’ll have to wait and see. I doubt it. We will be totally dependant only on Hashem, which is the true reality always. We’ve become so dependant on the lies that people have told us. We trust only the banks which will fall, the insurance companies which will fall, in our cell phones which won’t work, in electricity which will disappear, foods once easily gotten which will be much more difficult to get, and it goes on and on. We’re a stupid society that put all of our eggs in
    one basket. For example what is the world going to be without electricity? How will the modern world survive? How can we live in a world that everything is based on electricity? Absolutely ridiculous!

    Am Yisrael come back to Hakodosh Boruch Hu. He is Hakol Yachol, not the electric company, and not Bezeq or ConEd, and not any other company. Only He, Hakodosh Boruch Hu, the Ribono Shel Olam, the Ruler and Creator of the world and all that exists, and when you learn to depend on Him you can never be needy of anything. He creates it all. He created us, and all the worlds and everything that exists and with Him we can always be sure that our needs will be met. Bitachon in Hashem, my dear Yidden thats what will save you. You better get your act together, because if you don’t you will be doomed to oblivion, Shelo Naida.

    So again I beg all those Yidden who are living in Chutz Laaretz, try your hardest to make your way here. If you cannot do that be sure that you make your way to Hakodosh Boruch Hu and for those who do make their way to Eretz Yisroel, I suggest you do Teshuva very quickly. Start this minute. You know your Aveiros. The biggest Aveira of this generation is the lack of Kedusha. The Kedusha has almost disappeared from Jewish life, almost, Boruch Hashem not completely. The Jews are confused and do not for the most part know what Kedusha means.

    We built a community, a Frum community not based on Kedusha at all. Only a flimsy structure that once was the base of our Kedusha. Once we were the shining example of holiness, holiness in dress in speech, in thought in every way but now we’ve become dirtied and sullied by the Goyisha world. We’ve taken pride in making a Jewish community, so-called Frum community that looks like Goyim, that acts in many instances like Goyim. What can I tell you? We must do Teshuva. We must, must, must do Teshuva. If you don’t do Teshuva before you come to Eretz Yisroel, or at least be in the process, your coming will have no meaning. And those who cannot come now at least come close to Hashem and trust Him and get rid of all the Gashmius that you can that’s not absolutely necessary, and if He sees, so to speak, that you trust in Him, that you believe in Him, that you accept Him as Hakol Yachol, then you too will be saved.

    Am Yisroel, its over! The Golus is ending and with it the world. The world of Sheker that we’ve been living in since the first man ate from the Tree of Knowledge, since the Nachash (snake) twisted man’s thoughts and had him eat from the tree, the Etz Hadaas. So please take my words seriously. They are truth!

  4. The schools here in monsey dont have power.One yeshiva not only had yeshiva, they didnt have power so they went to a girls school and learned there.