East Coast orders evacuations as Winter Storm Athena moves in days after Sandy
Much of the US is still in recovery barely a week after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc up and down the East Coast, but things might not be going back to normal anytime soon: a powerful nor’easter is scheduled to strike that same region on Wednesday.
Only nine days after power lines, roads, businesses and houses were hit hard from North Carolina through New England thanks to Sandy, a nor’easter storm is expected to move through New York and New Jersey and once again bring high winds, heavy rain and serious flooding to the region, perhaps even with a bit of snow in some parts of the country.
Meteorologists say Winter Storm Athena will hit parts of the Atlantic Coast starting Wednesday afternoon and will continue through Thursday morning, targeting specifically the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, with both Boston and New York expected to be impacted to a degree as well. According to weather expert Tom Niziol, meteorologist Tom Moore and the Weather Channel’s Global Forecast Center scientists, up to six inches of snowfall combined with winds gusting over 35 mph at times can be expected in parts of the country that saw substantial damage during last week’s storm.