When Will The Nor'easter hit? Hurricane Sandy-Ravaged NYC, NJ Brace For Big Storm

By Amir Khan on November 7, 2012 9:47 AM EST

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Across the Northeast, in the area ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, people are bracing for the next big storm and asking themselves when will the nor'easter hit? (Photo: National Weather Service)

Across the Northeast, in the area ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, people are bracing for the next big storm and asking themselves when will the nor'easter hit?

The nor'easter began taking shape in the Gulf of Mexico and started its march up the coast. Experts believe that its path will bring it within 50 to 100 miles of New York and New Jersey, and right over the areas recently devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

"It's going to impact many areas that were devastated by Sandy," Bruce Terry, the lead forecaster for the National Weather Service, told the Associated Press. "It will not be good."

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Some areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, such as Brick Township in New Jersey, have again ordered evacuations.

New York's Mayor Bloomberg, however, decided against ordering more evacuations.

"When Sandy was coming in, all the signs said that we were going to have a very dangerous, damaging storm, and I ordered a mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas, something that a lot of people don't like to hear," he said. "In this case, we don't think that it merits that. It is a different kind of storm; the wind is coming from a different direction."

So when will the nor'easter hit? The National Weather Service said the lower Northeast, areas such as Maryland and the District of Columbia, tonight, with the storm moving into the New York and New Jersey area very early tomorrow morning. One thing the National Weather Service is worried about, however, is the storm strengthening.

"One of the big stories during the short range will be across the northeast as an area of low pressure strengthens and moves up the coast during the day today," the NWS said in a weather advisory.

The NWS also said that residents should prepare for cold, strong winds with heavy rain and snow.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the AP that residents of the areas slated to be impacted by the nor'easter need to prepare just as they did for Hurricane Sandy.

"Everything people did to get people ready for Sandy, we need to do for the nor'easter," she said.

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