Forecasters are tracking another coastal storm that threatens cleanup and recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey after the devastation of Sandy. The storm could bring sideways rain, 60 mph winds that cause more power outages, stir up 20-foot waves and cause more coastal flooding.
The National Weather Service says the nor'easter could hit the region on Wednesday into Thursday.
The storm could produce strong winds and heavy rain along the coast, Raritan Bay and lower Delaware Bay. Inland areas to the north and west, such as the Catskills and Pennsylvania could see some snow.
While this storm won’t be as intense as Sandy, it will deliver a heavy punch of rain, wind, and coastal flooding. A storm surge of as much as 5 feet could hit the western Long Island Sound.
The area where Sandy changed the coastline and did the most damage will be the biggest concern.
A lot of sand dunes are now gone, so it won’t take much for flooding to compound an already dire situation. Buildings and trees weakened by Sandy would be vulnerable to additional damage.
The storm would also hamper efforts to restore electricity that was lost during Sandy. A Con Edison spokesman said the company is "already up against the wall" as the new storm approaches. The utility has restored power to 796,000 customers, but 157,000 are still off-line as the utility eyes the looming nor'easter.
Meanwhile, temperatures have dropped in the region. Temperatures on Monday night are expected to dip into the 20s in suburban areas.