Residents in the mid-Atlantic and New England braced for a nor'easter this week as they recovered from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated coastlines and left millions without power.
Although the storm was expected to be far weaker, officials were concerned that it might do more damage to areas already hit hard by Sandy. The nor'easter was expected to move farther from shore than forecasters had thought, bringing less wind and rainfall on land, the Associated Press reports.
Still, some municipalities weren't taking chances. Brick Township, N.J., ordered the mandatory evacuation of residents in 19 low-lying and coastal areas by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and Tom's River, N.J. also weighed the decision, the Wall Street Journal reports.
On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for the Jersey Shore, New York City, Long Island and Connecticut on Tuesday. High wind watches were issued further inland and extended to coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Forecasters anticipated that the storm would bring 2 inches of rain and 60 mph wind gusts to shores eroded by Hurricane Sandy, causing some coastal flooding, the Balitmore Sun reported.
The nor'easter also hit the region with its first winter precipitation this season, complicating matters for residents who haven't had power restored. More than 580,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey alone were still without power as of Monday night, Fox New York reports.
The storm dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the New York City region, causing delays for mass transit and schools.