The East Coast is expecting another nor’easter on Wednesday afternoon, though this time it will be much less devastating than Superstorm Sandy, which hit just over one week ago.
Residents of the areas hit hardest by Sandy have been urged to leave — and even ordered to in some cases — ahead of the impending storm, reports NBC News.
There will also be airline cancellations in the New York area airports beginning on Wednesday afternoon. Those residents in low-lying areas of Staten Island and the Rockaways were urged to leave by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
New Jersey’s Brick Township — the area of Ocean County where Sandy made landfall — is under a mandatory evacuation. The impending nor’easter will likely track farther offshore than experts expected, meaning that there will be even colder air along the coast.
Several inches of snow and gusts up to 50 miles per hour are predicted for New York City as well as along the New Jersey coast beginning on Wednesday evening. National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry stated:
“It’s going to impact many areas that were devastated by Sandy. It will not be good.”
Fox News notes that storm surges are expected off of the New Jersey and New York coasts. They will likely reach three feet, which is just half or one-third of what Superstorm Sandy caused on October 29.
Lauren Nash, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, believes that ind gusts along the battered East Coast could blow down tree limbs that were already weakened by Sandy. This would potentially cause more power outages.
Artie Urso, 55, whose Seaside Heights, New Jersey home was leveled by Sandy, was more optimistic about the impending nor’easter. Urso stated:
“It can’t be as bad as the last storm. How much worse can it get? It can’t make the buildings any worse than they already are.”
Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross, stated that the relief organization, which is already working in hard-hit areas like the Jersey Shore and New York’s Staten Island, Queens, and Long Island, has ordered extra supplies ahead of the latest storm. Shimanski stated:
“In anticipation of the nor’easter, we are sending in an additional 80,000 blankets and bringing food and relief supplies to the hardest hit areas. We are doing everything possible to get help to where it is needed and are extending our reach into more affected communities every day.”
While the nor’easter won’t be anywhere near as powerful as Superstorm Sandy, the fact that it could contain snowfall makes it powerful. For people who still lack heat, water, and power, a snow storm would be devastating.
Meteorologist Geoff Fox, of Fox Connecticut affiliate WTIC, noted, “Unlike Hurricane Sandy, there’s nothing really unusual about this storm. This is a type of storm New England and the Northeast get often. It just seems unfair it’s coming now!”