New storm: Airlines scrap flights
The company warned that the number of households without power would "undoubtedly" climb.
The northeaster storm also knocked out electricity to roughly 16,000 customers of New York's largest utility company Consolidated Edison.
In all, 80,000 Con Edison customers had no power last evening, up from about 64,000 earlier in the day, according to the company.
The new storm further exacerbated the damage caused by Sandy with high winds, snow and rain brining down trees, branches and power lines already weakened by Sandy. Con Edison said the northeaster's packing rain and heavy winds are expected to knock down trees into power lines, causing more outages.
The company warned that the new storm could delay customer restorations as crew repairing overhead equipment cannot work safely in high winds.
Over 22,000 homes and businesses around New York lost power last evening, in addition to the more than 640,000 customers who still lacked electricity.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie warned that many people could be left without power due to the storm just as they were trying to rebuild their lives after Sandy.
"I can see us actually moving backwards," Christie said at a news conference on Long Beach Island. "You have to prepare for the storm that's coming in a few hours. I'm waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," he said with a laugh.
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