According to Webster’s Dictionary, a nor’easter is defined as “a storm with northeast winds.”
If Town of Norwich Highway Superintendent Stan Foulds had it his way, Monday’s version of the Altantic-born squall would be better described if it were simply called a mess.
“It’s crazy,” said Foulds. “We were pretty prepared. But it’s a mess out there.”
By 1 p.m. Monday, over 13 hours worth of wet and heavy snowfall – varying between 8 to 12 inches in most places – had knocked down trees and power lines across Chenango County, closing roads and leaving 8,400 people without electricity. As of 4:45 p.m. a Red Cross shelter had been set up at the Plymouth Fire Department on state Route 23 due to the 690 extended power outages in the township.
According to City of Norwich Emergency Officer A. Wesley Jones, a large majority of the NYSEG customers in Plymouth and elsewhere were restored power by 7 p.m., but a handful throughout the county might not be turned back on again until noon Thursday.