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Tens of thousands homes and businesses lose power, again

Thursday - 11/8/2012, 12:28am  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some 60,000 customers who lost power from Superstorm Sandy and then got it back -- are in the dark again.

A nor'easter that blew into New York and Jersey today, brought with it rain and wet snow. And exactly as authorities feared, tree limbs are down and so are electrical wires.

The Long Island Power Authority says more than 198,000 customers are without power.

The storm has plunged homes right back into darkness and stopped some commuter trains in Long Island by downing trees and power liens.

Under ordinary circumstances, a storm of this sort wouldn't be a big deal, but large swaths of the landscape are still an open wound. The electrical system is fragile and many of Sandy's victims are still mucking out their homes and cars and shivering in the cold.

New York City police are urged residents to leave low-lying neighborhoods but Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not issued mandatory evacuations. Many are staying behind because their fear looting.

Airlines have canceled at least 1,300 U.S. flights in and out of the New York metro area. And the Long Island Rail Road -- one of the nation's biggest commuter train systems -- has suspended all service.

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300-a-13-(Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-New York, at news conference)-"shelter with friends"-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a voluntary evacuation is in effect for the nor'easter, but suggests that anyone flooded by Sandy should think about leaving. (7 Nov 2012)

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277-w-34-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Charles and Liset Freitag, Long Beach residents who are staying through the storm)--Residents on Long Island, New York who are still dealing with power outages and flooding are now being hit with a nor'easter. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (7 Nov 2012)

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271-a-05-(David Selig, Rockaways resident who is staying through the storm, in AP interview)-"flood us again"-Rockaways resident David Selig says the nor'easter could make a bad situation worse. (7 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJM104: A pedestrian walks into the wind and snow in the financial district, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (7 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYFF101: Patrons are directed away from the Long Island Railroad which is being closed off at Penn Station as service is suspended Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. One of the nation's largest commuter railroads is suspending service because of a nor'easter sweeping the same regions hit by Superstorm Sandy more than a week ago. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (6 Apr 2012)

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APPHOTO NYFF108: Men shovel snow from a walkway in Times Square Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (7 Nov 2012)

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