Snowstorm causes new power outages in NJ

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - November 8, 2012

The National Weather Service canceled a coastal flood warning after high tide Thursday with all locations below flood levels.

Dunes hastily erected to protect the eroded shoreline, including in Point Pleasant Beach, withstood the new storm.

Monmouth and Ocean counties, which took a beating from Sandy, appeared to have received the most snow: 13 inches were measured in Freehold and a foot in Manchester Township. Accumulations were much lower at the coast.

The state's two largest utilities blamed more than 150,000 new outages on the nor'easter, bumping the total in New Jersey up to about 390,000, after Sandy-related outages had dropped for the first time to below a quarter-million. At its peak, last week's superstorm had left more than 2.7 million utility customers without power.

Jersey Central Power & Light, whose customer base is in Ocean and Monmouth counties, where some of the heaviest snow fell and where Sandy also caused the most damage, said the nor'easter caused about 120,000 outages, on top of 149,000 left over from the superstorm.

Plows and salt-spreaders cleared the state's major highways but local local streets in Sandy-battered areas, still lined with debris from Sandy, were a mess.

It was a relatively smooth commute on the rails and roads, NJ Transit said. However, there were delays for buses in the northwest suburbs, according to spokesman John Durson Jr.

Thursday was the first day for buses to shuttle commuters from MetLife Stadium to ferries in Weehawken for a free ride into Manhattan.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for some coastal and low-lying communities in central Jersey, which were newly vulnerable to flooding, wind damage and power outages due to the devastation caused by Sandy.

National Guard troops were deployed to help run newly opened shelters. Truckloads of bottled water were arriving, and disaster relief agencies had set up temporary facilities to serve thousands of hot meals to evacuees.

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