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Second storm to hit Sandy-damaged Northeast; evacuations ordered

November 07, 2012|By Michael Muskal
  • Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and U.S. Navy seamen offer assistance to local residents removing household items damaged by Superstorm Sandy on Staten Island, N.Y.
Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and U.S. Navy seamen offer… (Robert Nickelsberg / Getty…)

Residents in New York and New Jersey on Wednesday braced for the arrival of a nor’easter expected to pelt the region with more rain, high winds and coastal flooding even as the Superstorm Sandy recovery is underway.

The storm, carrying gusts of 60 mph, was moving north and east over the mid-Atlantic,  according to the National Weather Service. Coastal flooding advisories were posted for parts of New Jersey along with high-wind warnings for parts of New York and Long Island.

“A low-pressure system off the mid-Atlantic coast will continue to strengthen as it moves north on Wednesday, bringing rain, snow, and/or a mixture of precipitation to areas across the northern mid-Atlantic and Northeast, as well as wind gusts as high as 60 mph along the coast,” the Weather Service warned. “Snowfall across interior sections of New England could approach 6-12 inches. Coastal flooding is also possible.”

It was scant comfort that the latest storm was far less severe than Sandy, which came ashore with hurricane-force winds on Oct. 29. The region is still recovering from Sandy's battering and tidal surge that flooded homes and tunnels and brought New York’s vaunted transportation system to a halt.

The new storm threatens to delay or even undo some of the repairs in the aftermath of Sandy.

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“The new weather system approaching the region on Wednesday will bring rain and heavy winds that could slam trees into power lines,” Con Ed warned. “The new storm could delay Con Edison's customer restorations. Crews repairing overhead lines and equipment cannot work in high winds.”

As of midnight, Con Edison said it had restored power to more than 90% of the customers affected by the hurricane, with approximately 79,000 customers without electricity out of about 980,000 affected. The utility said customers out of power include approximately 400 in Manhattan, 13,000 in Queens, 15,000 in Brooklyn, 3,300 on Staten Island and 4,500 in the Bronx. In Westchester County, just north of the Bronx, the company reported approximately 41,000 customers out of service.

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