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Major Storm Hangover in South Jersey and Delaware

Tens of thousands still without power in NJ, but city isn't faring too bad

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    It's now four days since a massive snowstorm rocked our region with blizzard conditions and huge snowfall amounts, but some areas are still dealing with its effects.

    Delaware and the Jersey Shore were hardest hit, not only with feet of snow, but also strong winds -- a combination that spelled disaster for electric companies.

    At the height of the storm, almost 90,000 residents in Cape May and Atlantic Counties in New Jersey were left without power as lines snapped under the weight of heavy snow, ice and 50 m.p.h. gusts.

    Crews spent most of the weekend repairing lines, but as of Monday tens of thousands of homes were still without power and in some cases, heat.

    "I've been here since 1950 and I've never seen it like this," said Andy Johnson of North Wildwood, N.J.

    The lack of heat has forced more than 300 people into shelters in Cape May County.

    Atlantic City Electric says they're working hard to get the power flowing once again, but that it could be days before all service is restored.

    In Delaware, the strong storm dumped more two feet of the white stuff across most of the state. The National Guard was even called in to help clear downed trees and power lines.

    Some Delawareans are mourning the loss of their loved ones at the hands of the storm. As many as six people may have lost their lives in the snow, reports The News Journal.

    In one case, an elderly man suffering from dementia wandered out into the storm only to be found buried by a family member.

    This weekend's storm was the second largest in Philadelphia's history, dumping over 28 inches on the city. That sheer volume of snow is simply crippling for residents living on small side streets in neighborhoods from South Philly to Roxborough.

    In past storms, some streets remained impassable due to a lack of plowing leaving Philadelphians frustrated and disgusted with City Hall.

    But this time around, it seems the city did a pretty good job clearing the fluff.

    As of Monday afternoon, over 95 percent of city streets were plowed, said the mayor's office. Residents were surprised.

    "When I was downtown…and when I was coming back I said 'You know the city's doing a pretty good job,'" said Diani Brown of Southwest Philly.

    Unfortunately, the Streets department did such a good job that they plowed back in the woman's handicapped parking spot, which was dug out by her granddaughter. Luckily, Brown's neighbor jumped in to help clear the spot a second time.

    So why were the city's cleanup efforts so effective this time around? Was it the fact that the storm happened on the weekend?

    Maybe, but close to 80 percent of the snowstorms that dumped 10 inches or more on our area happened on the weekends, says meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

    We'll be able to see how the city does twice in one week as a third major storm rolls into our area Tuesday afternoon.

    Up to 20 inches of snow are being forecast, but this time the Lehigh Valley will see the brunt of the storm.

    Still, this winter is shaping up to be the "Winter of the Century."