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Nasty nor'easter to strike blow to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

heavyrain051711_optBY BOB HOLT

Many people in New York and New Jersey have just seen their electricity return for the first time in a week, and now forecasters are telling them to prepare for more possible outages as a Nor’easter is heading our way.

Meteorologists are stressing that this storm will not be as strong or powerful as Sandy, but could add to damage already felt from the hurricane. About 2.7 million homes suffered power losses during Hurricane Sandy, with the latest numbers coming in under 1 million.

Atlantic City may see wind gusts of up to 45 mph but winds may be weaker in western Passaic and Bergen counties, according to an Associated Press report. Moderate levels of rain have been predicted, but the storm could cause even more beach erosion and coastal flooding, depending on movement of the tides.

Accuweather is saying that Sussex County may see a mix of about two inches of rain and snow by late Wednesday, according to the New Jersey Herald.

Sandy hit during a full moon, when tides are at their highest. The moon is now between full and new phases, so tides will be lower if the new storm arrives.

The National Weather Service in Mt. Holly warns that winds from the nor’easter, predicted to possibly reach 55 mph, could fall tree branches already weakened by Sandy last week, according to The weather service says 1.75 to 3 inches of rain may be felt in southern New Jersey and across Long Island.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s over Monday night, and ABC News reports that up to a foot of snow may fall in the Poconos to the Catskills and Adirondacks Mountains in New York.

This storm will advance from the northeast on Thursday night, according to the Houston Chronicle, and Friday will be fair and cool.


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