Nor'easter approaches New York and New Jersey


A man bikes past debris in the Rockaway neighborhood with the Manhattan skyline in the distance on November 6, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The Rockaway section of Queens was one of the hardest hit areas. Many voters in New York and New Jersey are voting at alternate locations in the presidential election due to disruption from Superstorm Sandy as a Nor'easter storm approaches.


Mario Tama

As New York City and New Jersey recover from Hurricane Sandy, another large storm approaches their shores.

The nor'easter passed over Washington on Wednesday, and Reuters reported seas as "high as 7.5 feet about 20 miles off New York's JFK airport." Bracing for the storm, New York City shut down parks and beaches.

Bloomberg said Tuesday, "Even though it's not anywhere near as strong as Sandy – nor strong enough, in normal times, for us to evacuate anybody – out of precaution and because of the changing physical circumstances, we are going to go to some small areas and ask those people to go to higher ground."

Weather expert Tom Niziol explained on The Weather Channel, "Mother Nature is not cutting us a break along the East Coast. We've got a lot of cold air in place down in the lower part of the atmosphere, and it is looking more like snowfall event for good portions of New Jersey, up through eastern Pennsylvania, right up through southeastern New York into New England.”

About 95,000 people in New Jersey and New York are homeless, according to the Associated Press.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday they were still supporting the disaster response to Hurricane Sandy, and we're also "standing ready to deploy additional resources if needed to respond to the Nor’easter that is forecasted to impact the region in the coming days."

NBC News reports: