Still reeling from Sandy, East Coast braces for second powerful storm

NEW YORK - Just what New York and New Jersey need after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy -- More wind.

The National Weather Service said an offshore storm that could pack gusts up to 55 mph is in Wednesday's forecast for the New York metropolitan area and the New Jersey coastline.

41 Action News meteorologist George Waldenberger said this potential Nor'easter will likely impact areas hardest hit by Sandy Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

A couple inches of rain may fall in New Jersey. The greatest threat for minor to moderate shoreline flooding would be Wednesday and Wednesday night. The erosion of the shore by Sandy may make the impact of any flooding a little greater than normal.

Further inland, in parts of upstate New York and over the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, up to a foot of snow could fall.

The weather service said the strongest winds will likely hit eastern Long Island.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said cold temperatures mean "tens of thousands" of people whose homes were damaged by the superstorm will need other places to live.

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