New storm bears down on Sandy-battered NYC, NJ

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Associated Press

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A nor'easter is threatening New York and New Jersey with a repeat of the misery Superstorm Sandy brought last week.

Thousands of people in low-lying neighborhoods swamped last week are being warned to clear out. Officials say rain, wet snow and 60 mph wind gusts this evening could set back the cleanup from Sandy, toppling trees that were wrenched loose last week, and erasing some of the progress made in restoring electricity.

In New York, police went through vulnerable neighborhoods with loudspeakers, encouraging residents to leave. However, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not ordered new evacuations. Many people are staying behind, some fearing looting and others who figuring whatever happens can't be any worse than what they've already gone through.

In New Jersey, public works crews have been building up dunes to protect the battered shoreline, and new shelters have been opened. Gov. Chris Christie says this storm is the last thing the state needs right now. He says he's "waiting for the locusts and pestilence next."

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197-v-29-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent)--New York and New Jersey are preparing for another storm, while they still try to recover from Sandy. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (7 Nov 2012)

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226-a-13-(Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J., at news conference)-"in the state"-Governor Chris Christie says the last thing New Jersey needs is this Nor'easter, but the state will get through it. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *226 (11/07/12)>> 00:13 "in the state"

228-a-06-(Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J., at news conference)-"prepared for that (second reference)"-Governor Chris Christie says the Nor'easter may deal a blow to recovery efforts in New Jersey, but the state is ready. (7 Nov 2012)

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225-w-29-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J.)--New Jersey's Governor says the state is preparing for the Nor'easter, which is expected to bring more flooding and heavy winds. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (7 Nov 2012)

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227-a-14-(Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J., at news conference)-"and be wrong (second reference)"-Governor Chris Christie says a mandatory evacuation is in effect for some of the shore communities as a precautionary measure. (7 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *227 (11/07/12)>> 00:14 "and be wrong (second reference)"

APPHOTO NYML111: CORRECTS DATE TO NOV. 7, INSTEAD OF NOV. 9 - Axel Benitez, 7, his mother Lucia Figueroa, second from right, and his baby sister Jelannie, in the stroller, evacuate from Coney Island with the assistance of friends, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in New York. A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected. Winds could still gust to 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and evening. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (7 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYML102: CORRECTS DATE TO NOV. 7, INSTEAD OF NOV. 9 - Children pass debris and garbage from Superstorm Sandy piled along a Coney Island sidewalk as they walk to school, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy waited with dread Wednesday and heard warnings to evacuate for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm spun toward them. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (7 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYHA112: A pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange the day after Pres. Barack Obama was re-elected, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in New York. A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected. Winds could still gust to 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and evening. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) (7 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NJASB103: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shakes hands with Harvey Cedars, NJ, Police Chief Tom Preiser Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at the High Point Fire Company in Harvey Cedars, NJ, on Long Beach Island. The Governor held a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at the High Point Fire Company in Harvey Cedars, N.J. on Long Beach Island ahead of a Nor'easter that is heading for the Jersey Shore. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Thomas P. Costello) (19 Aug 2011)

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APPHOTO RPWP104: As a reporter from The Weather Channel gets set to do a broadcast on the nor'easter hitting Point Pleasant Beach N.J. , Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, as workers use heavy equipment to hurriedly push piles of sand back onto the beach that was damaged last week by Superstorm Sandy. Renewed flooding and power outages were expected with the latest storm. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) (7 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYSW101: Gina Kohm tries to keep a tarp from blowing away which covers a pile of donated supplies at an aid station in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, New York, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (7 Nov 2012)

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