Even as thousands of local residents are rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy the National Weather Service is monitoring another storm that could bring more heavy rain and strong winds to our area.
The storm, which will likely hit our area Wednesday morning and last through Thursday is being called "significant," by the weather service though its final impact is still being determined.
Temperatures are expected to stay above the freezing mark so far so snow is not likely to be an issue in most places. With a high temperature near 50 degrees on Wednesday and a low around 40 at night the winds that could reach 23 MPH and gusts that could top 34 MPH figure to make more problems in an area where downed trees and power lines are still prevalent.
More than two inches of rain could come with the storm according to the latest forecasts. Coastal flooding could also be an issue with this storm after last week's storm caused unprecedented problems along the coastline. "Please be aware that structures or trees that have been compromised by Sandy would be vulnerable to further damage from this Nor'Easter," a hazardous weather outlook from the service warns.
The storm is set to strike a little more than a week after Sandy, and the prediction comes the same day a minor earthquake struck North Jersey. It could seriously affect power restoration efforts.