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Nor'easter Expected To Slam Long Island Wednesday

Storm surge expected again, and high winds could knock down loose limbs, causing more power outages, officials say.

Long Islanders still recovering from Superstorm Sandy's wrath should brace for another blow from Mother Nature as a nor'easter barrels into the area on Wednesday, officials said Tuesday.

According to Lauren Nash, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Upton, a nor'easter is expected to blanket the entire Long Island area on Wednesday.

A coastal storm, Nash said, is projected to move up the East Coast on Tuesday night and is expected to pass southeast of Long Isand and move northeast by Thursday afternoon.

Long Islanders, Nash said, can expect "pretty strong winds," with sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour across the entire region, with gusts of up to 40-50 miles per hour.

"We could see peak gusts between 50 and 60 miles per hour on Wednesday night," Nash said.

With coastal areas already battered by Sandy, Nash said, "Storm surges are big on everyone's mind."

During the nor'easter, storm surges of three-and-a-half to four feet are expected; surges during Sandy were six to eight feet, and higher in some areas, she said.

"The good news is that we don't have the high astronomical tides that we did with Sandy," Nash said. "The bad news is that we're still going to have some minor to moderate coastal flooding on Wednesay, with about a half inch to an inch of precipitation across Long Island."

One difference between the western and eastern areas of Long Island, Nash added, is that storm tracks indicate a possibility of light dusting of snow, or a wintery mix, with no significant accumulation, in areas including New York City and Nassau County. Areas of Suffok County have less of a chance of snow, Nash said.

A nor'easter, Nash explained, is characterized by strong winds from the northeast; Wednesday's forecast calls for gusty winds from the northeast as the storm approaches.

A high wind watch will be in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday across Long Island.

In addition, a coastal flood watch will be in place from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday for the South Shore of Long Island; the coastal flood watch will be in effect from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 7 a.m. Thursday on the North Shore, to account for the difference in high tides.

Nash warns that the nor'easter could wreak havoc on an already strapped area. "The biggest issue here is loose limbs," she said. Trees already weakened by Sandy could lose their limbs, she said. "With the strong gusts, there could be some additional power outages," she said, adding that it is too soon to determine. "A 60 mile per hour wind could take some trees down," she said.

David Pridgen November 07, 2012 at 01:28 AM
LIPA is just the management, National Grid manages the distribution infrastructure, PSEG is scheduled to take over management in 2014.
Dr. Remulak November 07, 2012 at 02:54 AM
well, there is open-ended overtime pay. just sayin'.
hazel watson November 07, 2012 at 11:47 AM
hazel w. let us continue to pray for one another and the safety of all including the repair crews. Remember God is over all...
Walter Noller November 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Gee, I wonder if Chris Matthews has any comments on this one... http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/11/07/MSNBCs-Matthews-Im-So-Glad-We-Had-That-Storm-Last-Week As for LIPA, it's the leadership at both corp. and union levels that hurt the consumer. So far, I've had numerous conversations with those sent out to survey what needs to be done and the best responses I've gotten are from those brought in the do checks and actual wire work. Folks from Oklahoma and Mass. were more effective than anyone I was able to talk to from LIPA, to include a constant busy signal on their hot line. And union officials conceded to allowing non-union workers to help? How magnanimous of them. Competition allows the cream to rise to the top. But in this case, it should always be the consumer who wins. Afterall, nearly everything we have is tethered to our need for basic electricity. And LIPA has consistantly fallen short on that priority, yet happy to charge more. Alternative energy is cost prohibitive at the consumer level, but might be good for a community effort. The outside plant, however is expensive to upkeep. There simply needs to be something that can be done to undo the negatives we, the consumers, consistanly have to put up with.
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