Just a week removed from what many have called a “once in a lifetime” storm in Superstorm Sandy, all eyes are once again turning toward the Northeast.
The latest computer models are coming into agreement that a moderate-strength Nor’easter will develop off the Eastern Seaboard and bring another round of significant storms to the region. The exact timing and severity are subject to change but best estimates put the storm in line with the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts by Wednesday with gusts exceeding 50 mph.
A storm surge of 1 to 3 feet along with such gusty winds not only will exacerbate beach erosion but could also cause more coastal flooding in areas just now drying up. Any time winds exceed 50 mph, power outages become a concern, and with the stress Sandy has placed on tree limbs, more outages could develop.
Like most Nor'easters, there is a snow element with this storm, but fortunately the ingredients for snow down to the coastlines are not coming together in the hardest-hit areas. Snowfall with this storm could be expected well inland and in the higher elevations of the Northeast.