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Nor'easter to Weaken Before Hitting East Coast

Winds could still gust up to 55 mph in the battered region
Updated Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1:47 p.m. ET

Bulldozers push sand up from the ocean to form a dune in the North Beach Haven section of Long Beach Island as beach replenishment and cleaning continue on Monday. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) - Weather experts had good news for beleaguered northeast coastal residents Tuesday: A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected.

As the storm moves up the Atlantic coast from Florida it now is expected to veer farther offshore than earlier projections had indicated. Jeff Masters of the private weather service Weather Underground says that means less wind and rainfall on land.

Even so, he said winds could still gust to 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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And Lauren Nash, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, said wind gusts might blow down tree limbs weakened from Sandy and cause more power outages. On Wednesday night, gusts may occasionally reach 60 mph in coastal Connecticut and Long Island, she said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned Tuesday that high winds may mean some residents who regained power will lose it again, and the wind could also slow efforts to restore power. There is "nothing we can do to stop the storms," he said.

Storm surges along the coasts of New Jersey and New York are expected to reach perhaps 3 feet, only half to a third of what Hurricane Sandy caused last week, Masters said. While that should produce only minor flooding, he said it will still cause some erosion problems along the New Jersey coast and the shores of Long Island, where Sandy destroyed some protective dunes.

Coastal Virginia could also get a surge of 2 or 3 feet, causing minor flooding on the east side of Chesapeake Bay during high tides Wednesday morning and evening, he said.

However, most of the storm's rain will stay offshore, with maybe an inch or two expected in Massachusetts and less than an inch elsewhere along the coast, he said.

Up to an inch of snow may fall in northeastern New Jersey and the lower Hudson River valley, weather service meteorologist Mike Layer said. Central Massachusetts and western Connecticut also could get an inch or two of snow, according to Masters.

Along the Jersey shore, which was devastated by last week's superstorm, there was some relief that damage projections from the nor'easter have been scaled back. But there was still concern about the ocean barreling past beaches and dunes that were largely washed away.

High winds might be "pushing that water right back across flat dunes and flooding the town again," said Dan Friendly, who lives on Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach in a neighborhood hard-hit by Sandy.

In neighboring Bay Head, heavy machinery was used to hastily push sand piles back into where well-rooted dune systems once stood.

"We no longer have a dune system; there are just piles of sand back on the beach," said Councilwoman D'Arcy Rohan Green. "Hopefully, they will hold."

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I think in NY on LI the schools are pressing too hard trying to get things back to normal and opening schools too early. A high percentage of streets are closed still and gas is impossible to come by. Stores are sold out of everything and thousands still have no power yet they are opening school Wednesday. They should give the rest of the week especially with another storm coming and let people get their lives back in order and get a tank of gas. There are still thousands of homes without power and they are saying expect major delays if you take the school bus. How can the board of education put these kids in harms way like this. trees still have falling branches and we will get gusts up to 60mph tonight, how can anyone get to where they have to go? No gas, no power in thousands of homes, I think things are just going way to slow recovery wise for the schools to be moving so fast.

November 06 2012 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its a difficult time in America now but it was much worse during WW2. Lets help each other instead of bitching. By the way 8 years of Bush showed how mislead this country was. Obama is getting us back on the right road.

November 06 2012 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Right. Nobody changes their vote because people tell him the wrong information about the voting place. If he did, he is too stupid to be voting.

November 06 2012 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jodi Viniello

Hello what about Rhode Island? I know we are little but we were hit hard lost houses, businesses and power as well.

November 06 2012 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I do wonder myself why it was written in past tense. The people in line for the storm are evidentally in harms way NOW and I personnally think it should of said where the storm is going all the way up the coast, not just partially then stopped. What other States are involved, and I pray for those that were hit so badly with the last one

November 06 2012 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can I just ask why this article was written in the past tense? I kept expecting it to say "residents were bracing for another storm, but it didn't happen." Did the author attend 6th grade grammar? Get some education before you pretend to be a journalist!!

November 06 2012 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

really do feelsorry all those people without power and gas

November 06 2012 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Reed's

I used to live near the Jersey shore and moved to Corpus Christi Texas years ago -now live on Padre Island two blocks from the beach........cheapest most affordable place to live near the water in the USA......and it's beautiful........

November 06 2012 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To robertston1robert. Good for your friend to be so persistent, especially given his hard circumstances. Good for you for giving him a place to stay. But you obviously have a computer online. You should have helped your friend go online and find his polling place first. It's all by address, and neighbors can have different polling places. You can't ask random people--how would they know? You had the power to help your friend and prevent his frustration and you didn't. Quite blaming and complaining and found out how things really work!

November 06 2012 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Reed's

Wow, I agree Pam - seems he was not really interested in helping his friend vote - just hoping he'd vote Republican......sad

November 06 2012 at 12:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is a really long reach but several years ago I read where the military had created a new explosive that reached near nuclear bomb proportions on detonation but without the radiation. Maybe if one of these were detonated near the eye it would disrupt the storm's architecture. Intense heat several miles in diameter might wash it out but that's just my opinion and I don't know anything about explosives.

November 06 2012 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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