Nor'easter: Flooding, Damage, Power Outages, Delays
By By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
November 09, 2012, 1:24:32 AM EST
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The nor'easter taking aim on the Sandy-ravaged coastline will lead to another round of wind damage, spotty power outages, localized flooding and travel delays.
For continuous updates on this nor'easter, check out the AccuWeather.com live blog.
This system affected part of the South during Election Day, sparking a round of rain and thunderstorms from from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C. Charleston, S.C. and Orlando, Fla.
The storm next took a northerly turn, paralleling the East coast Tuesday night and is now strengthening off the coast of New Jersey.
Periods of heavy rain broke out across the Outer Banks of North Carolina into the southern Delmarva Peninsula Tuesday night, bringing another 1 to locally 2 inches to areas that were saturated by Sandy.
Rain will continued to spread northward over the eastern mid-Atlantic Wednesday afternoon and then into southeastern New England Wednesday night.
Enough rain can fall along the coast to cause minor flooding problems.
Rain falling in urban areas where storm drains are blocked with sand and other debris can lead to street and highway flooding.
As the storm continues to move northward into progressively colder air, heavy snow will fall in some areas.
Coastal flooding is a significant threat from the nor'easter, especially in areas where dunes have been destroyed and sea walls have been damaged by Sandy just over a week ago.
Strong Winds in Store, Power Outages Possible
In addition to the heavy rain and the potential for some snow for the interior, strong winds will once again buffet the coast.
Strong winds will quickly develop during the day Wednesday and by the afternoon hours, winds will be gusting to between 50 and 55 mph from Long Island through the New Jersey coast and parts of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Gusts can be a bit higher in a few locations, especially on the eastern end of Long Island, as well as portions of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
Farther inland, gusts to 40 to locally 50 mph will be felt from Norfolk, Va. to Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Portland, Maine.
The strongest winds will continue through Thursday morning before the storm swings away from the region.
Winds to this magnitude can easily toss leftover debris from Sandy and topple trees which are already damaged. The weight of wet snow on the limbs will add to the risk of downed trees and limbs.
The soft ground in place will make it very easy for additional trees to be knocked over, and that could lead to more power outages.
This could ultimately undo some of the progress made by the power companies and public works since Sandy departed.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.
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