The nor'easter that will take aim on the Sandy-ravaged coastline will lead to another round of wind damage, spotty power outages and localized flash flooding.
This system was affecting part of the South this Election Day, sparking a round of rain and thunderstorms from from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C. Charleston, S.C. and Orlando, Fla.
The storm will next take a northerly turn, paralleling the East coast Tuesday night through Wednesday.
Periods of heavy rain will break out across the Outer Banks of North Carolina into the southern Delmarva Peninsula Tuesday night, bringing another 1-2 inches to areas that were saturated by Sandy.
New York City, Boston and Portland, Maine. Up to a couple of inches of rain will fall over portions of eastern Maryland, southern Delaware, Long Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
Rain on top of already saturated ground can lead to flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas. Streams and creeks could again rise over their banks with little or no warning.
Heavy rain falling in urban areas where storm drains are blocked with sand and other debris can lead to street and highway flooding.
Strong winds in store, power outages possible
Heavier rain will then spread onto the New Jersey coast and into southern New England by midday Wednesday before spreading in through eastern Pennsylvania and interior New England by Wednesday night.
Up to an inch of rain is forecast to fall from Philadelphia to
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 Down East Maine through Worcester and Boston, Mass., Albany and New York, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Pa.
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 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 over the last few days since Sandy departed.
If you live along the coast or have family in the area, this story discusses the potential for devastating coastal flooding.
The storm will have its cold side as well with the potential for snow reaching some major cities in the eastern mid-Atlantic and western and central New England.
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