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Nor'Easter Lands in Hoboken, Brings Wind and Snow [UPDATED]

Windgusts up to 60 miles per hour as well as a wintry mix of rain and snow is expected to come to the area.

A nor'easter has brought snow and high winds to Hoboken, blanketing a city that is still recovering from Sandy's aftermath under a three-inch layer of snow and wintry slush.

According to Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the storm toppled 38 trees all over town.

Snow started falling Wednesday afternoon, set to blanket the city with one or two inches, according to the National Weather Service.

A few thousands of Hobokenites remained in the dark on Wednesday. About 40 buildings all over town were still without power. Hoboken lost most of its power during Sandy. The three substations have been repaired, according to the city, but about 15 percent of the town remains without.

"If PSE&G has red tagged your home and shut off gas, please follow this process after calling PSE&G at  800-436-773," the city announced. Gas has been shut off in some buildings around town, to ensure that restoring electricity is safe to those buildings still without.

The city has shut down the utility hotline due to the new storm, the mobile truck providing the phone lines for the Utility Help Line will be relocated and will no longer be operational, the city announced.

According to one Anne, a resident at Sixth and Madison who didn't want her last name used, "PSE&G came door-to-door and turned off the gas, after nine days. They insisted it was a safety hazard."

"Our building is freezing cold, we have no hot water and we cannot cook," she said.

As of Wednesday, Hoboken was under a coastal flood warning by the National Weather Service. The National Guard remained in Hoboken through the storm, per Mayor Dawn Zimmer's request.

Electricians in town continued to work to restore power in town, and trash pick up continued on Wednesday, said Juan Melli, the city's spokesman.

Clean up efforts continued all over Hoboken on Wednesday. Parking rules remained suspended in Hoboken until Monday, November 12.

The city has been running eight to ten extra garbage trucks every day in addition to the three regular trucks in order to deal with the overwhelming quantities of trash, according to the city.

According to the National Weather Service, Rain and snow was expected to pick up after 1 p.m. with temperatures around 40º and winds around 23 mph. Gusts could be as high as 55 miles per hour.

On Wednesday night wind gusts were expected to pick up to 60 miles per hour.

Winds are expected to lower on Thursday, and rain was expected before 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The New York Post reported that most flights into the area were canceled in anticipation of the nor'easter on Wednesday.

Hoboken's public schools remained closed on Wednesday. Schools were expected to reopen on Thursday.

MBruce November 08, 2012 at 12:30 AM
To add insult to injury, I went to park in the garage I usually park in during the week (I'm only a part-time resident) and they are charging a $30 flat fee to park overnight! It's the one at the corner of 15th & Garden. I've been parking there for over a year and they've never done this in a storm. Is there someone I can complain to? Or is it useless because they are private. I can't believe this is allowed!!!
recallbethmason November 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Actually I thought that was their normal rate, which has always been a ripoff, happened to my dad a few years back....you should have tried the garage near the water under the new shipyard building, I think they are much cheaper. On a side note, that garage is a toll brothers owned garage so suffice to say a very unethical company.
anthony2012 November 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
now people will realize what a Huge Ripoff this town is... I left years ago and have not looked back. Tired of the flooding, the parking situation, the price gouging. Not worth it. Why.. so I can be "cool" and brag to my friends I live in Hoboken?? I hope people will start to see the trees from the forest, as the saying goes!

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