Category: Society / November 8, 2012 12:55 PM EST
Storm-weary New Yorkers woke up to further weather woes on Thursday (November 8) after an unseasonably early winter snowstorm walloped the region still struggling to recover from the devastation of Sandy.
Aerial images showed a blanket of snow atop buildings and on streets in New York's outer boroughs.
The bitter cold, rain and powerful winds added to the misery of disaster victims whose homes were destroyed or power knocked out by the massive storm Sandy that smashed ashore on October 29 with epic flooding.
Some 300,000 customers from the Carolinas to New York lost power, though roughly 250,000 were restored before morning. In all some 662,000 remained in the dark after the back-to-back hurricane and snowstorm.
All of the region's major airports experienced canceled flights and delays on Wednesday due to the storm, and gasoline remained in short supply, though four companies told the United States they intended to take advantage of a rare waiver allowing them to use foreign-flagged ships to transport oil products to the storm-hit region.