Nor'easter Weakening

But Atlantic coast can still expect strong winds
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2012 5:02 AM CST
Nor'easter Weakening
A sign warning against looting is posted in, Brick, NJ, where residents in low-lying waterfront sections have been told to leave their homes.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Weather experts have good news for beleaguered northeast coastal residents: A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts now looks like it will be weaker than expected. As the nor'easter moves up the Atlantic coast from Florida it now is expected to veer farther offshore than earlier projections had indicated. Experts say that means less wind and rain on land, though winds could still gust to 50mph in New York and New Jersey this afternoon and evening.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned yesterday that high winds may mean some residents who regained power will lose it again, and the wind could also slow efforts to restore power. There is "nothing we can do to stop the storms," he said. Along the Jersey shore, which was devastated by last week's superstorm, there was some relief that damage projections from the nor'easter have been scaled back. But there was still concern about the ocean barreling past beaches and dunes that were largely washed away and saturated, causing fresh flooding. (Read more nor'easter stories.)

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