As a powerful winter storm took aim at the Northeast, city and state agencies scrambled to minimize the damage from the second nor’easter in less than a week.
New York’s Lower Hudson Valley was poised to bear the brunt of the latest snowstorm, even as thousands remained without power after a storm Friday knocked down trees and power lines and uprooted families across the region.
By midday Tuesday, four days after many lost power, roughly 78,000 New York residents were still in the dark, along with more than 37,000 New Jersey homes and business.
The National Weather Service predicted up to 15 inches of snow for the Lower Hudson Valley and the interior of southern Connecticut, with six to 12 inches possible in New York City. It projected the storm would hit the region Tuesday night and last through Wednesday night.
Consolidated Edison , a New York power provider, warned some residents that electricity might not be restored until Friday, a delay Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “absurd.”
Mr. Cuomo suggested that New Yorkers who don’t have power by Wednesday morning decamp to a safe shelter to ride out the coming storm.
Megan Leap, a 34-year-old marketing consultant, has been without power in her Scarsdale, N.Y., home since Friday, when a tree knocked out electricity on her street. The mother of two, including an infant, is accustomed to serious storms and power outages from her time living in Florida.
But in Florida, she said, power crews are out within hours of a storm. She said she didn’t see work crews until Monday.
Consolidated Edison spokesman Robert McGee said the company is focused on the restoration of services for customers affected by last week’s storm and on the preparations for Wednesday’s storm. “Our crews will continue doing their arduous, dangerous work until we have restored all customers,” he said.
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Consolidated Edison Chief Executive John McAvoy said last week’s storm was the largest since superstorm Sandy in 2012. He said 90% of affected customers still facing outages will have power restored Tuesday night, though updates to the automated notification system are ongoing.
New York State Electric and Gas Corp., meanwhile, said it has more than 2,000 people working and estimates it will restore service to more than 90% of its customers by late Tuesday night.
“Our goal is to get our customers back to their daily routines,” said Carl Taylor, chief executive of NYSEG.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer at a news conference Tuesday criticized NYSEG and Consolidated Edison for their response and said the utilities underestimated the severity of Friday’s storm. He called on both utilities to have all employees on duty to get residents their power back and to be ready for Wednesday’s snowstorm.
“The urgency is so great,” Mr. Latimer said. “We are facing a very severe deadline when the snow starts to fall.”
Author Laura June, 40, decided to go with her husband and young daughter to a hotel last Friday after they lost power in their Armonk, N.Y., home. The severity of damage in her neighborhood prompted the family to move to another hotel in White Plains, N.Y., this time bringing the family dog and a pet fish. She said she has gotten multiple estimates on when her power will be returned.
“If I had to guess,” she said, “we will be here until Friday or Saturday.”
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Appeared in the March 7, 2018, print edition as ‘New Storm Tests Northeast.’