New Storm Promising More Pain in Northeast

A new storm is making its way yup the Northeast coast, and it’s promising to bring more misery to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.

A weather alert issued this morning said that the Northeaster will have winds ranging from 25 to 45 mph, drenching rains, and possibly flooding in the low-lying coastal areas.

“Residents of Breezy Point, Hamilton Beach, and Gerristen Beach should consider taking shelter with family or friends, or at a City-run shelter,” said the city in a release.

New York Police will be making announcements via loudspeakers in these neighborhoods and other areas that saw significant flooding.

The storm is forecast to impact New York City today from approximately mid-day Wednesday through Thursday morning.
Wind gusts are expected to range from 55 to 65 miles per hour–about two thirds of the worst winds we experienced during Sandy.
Winds will also cause a storm surge ranging from 3 to 5 feet at high tide Wednesday afternoon, with the highest surge levels forecast for the Western Long Island sound.

The City is taking precautions before the storm, including halting all construction, closing all City parks, encouraging drivers to stay off the road after 5:00 PM, or and urging people without heat to take shelter to stay warm.

City officials also warned that the already weakened trees and extensive damage and debris from Sandy provide the groundwork for increased risk of more downed trees and tree limbs, as well as windblown debris.

People who live in low-lying areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy are being urged to seek shelter with family and friends in safer locations.

A listing of shelters can be found here.

A listing of pickup locations for buses going to shelters is here.

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