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story.lead_photo.caption Four inches of snow covers piles of debris from superstorm Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., on Thursday Nov. 8, 2012, a day after a nor'easter hit the storm-weary state. Emergency dunes seemed to have held during the recent storm, and flooding that had been feared did not materialize. - Photo by AP/Wayne Parry

— The nor’easter that stymied recovery efforts from superstorm Sandy pulled away from New York and New Jersey on Thursday, leaving a blanket of thick, wet snow that snapped storm-weakened trees and downed power lines, but didn’t appear to add much more to the devastation.

Households from Brooklyn to storm-battered sections of the Jersey shore and Connecticut that had waited for days without power because of Sandy were plunged back into darkness in temperatures near freezing.

“For a home without power, it’s great,” said Iliay Bardash, 61, a computer programmer on Staten Island without electricity since last week. “But things are not worse, and for that I am thankful.”

In New Jersey, utilities reported 400,000 power failures early Thursday; 20,000 of those were new. In New York City and Westchester, more than 70,000 customers were without power after the storm knocked out an additional 55,000 customers.

There were 60,000 new failures on Long Island, where more than 300,000 customers were without power.

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