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People who endured Sandy are now recovering from new storm

Thursday - 11/8/2012, 3:27pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- One man who lives along the New Jersey coast says he just had power restored a couple of days ago following the outage caused by Hurricane Sandy -- and how, he's lost it again.

A new storm that struck the Northeast yesterday has caused hundreds of thousands of additional outages. It left a blanket of thick, wet snow on trees that were already weakened by the hurricane.

But a lot of people who were hard-hit by Sandy are grateful that the new storm didn't bring a fresh round of devastation. One Staten Island resident says his home "came through the storm just great" -- considering that it didn't have any power.

The storm covered the piles of debris from Sandy with several inches of snow. But it's now started to melt, filling the streets with filthy sludge.

Roads in New Jersey and New York City were clear for the morning commute, and rail lines were running smoothly.

Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is estimating damage in New York state from Sandy could total $33 billion. A forecasting firm had previously estimated $30 to $50 billion in economic losses from the Carolinas to Maine.

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195-a-14-(Governor Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., at news conference)-"a staggering number"-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's received the first estimate of the total costs from Superstorm Sandy. (8 Nov 2012)

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191-a-13-(Craig Fugate, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in teleconference)-"is 320 million"-FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says federal recovery assistance has been approved for many residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who have losses from Superstorm Sandy. (8 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYRD103: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point a news conference in New York, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Gov. Cuomo said damage in New York state from Superstorm Sandy could total $33 billion when all is said and done, as the state began cleaning up from a nor'easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in darkness. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (8 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NJME106: People stand outside large tents Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Oceanport, in Monmouth County, N.J. New Jersey is moving some Superstorm Sandy evacuees from shelters to tent-like housing at Monmouth Park, a racetrack. The facility at Monmouth Park was created to house up to 4,000 out-of-state utility workers and law enforcement officers. State officials say they needed to move the evacuees to the new location temporarily because some buildings used as shelters had to revert to their normal use. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (8 Nov 2012)

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