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'Winter Storm Athena' Begins To Slam Northeast

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A woman battles a form of sleet in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, part of the Nor'easter some are calling "Athena." | AP

Snow, rain and sleet are falling in parts of the Northeast as a nor'easter sweeps up parts of the coast.

The storm system, which is being dubbed "Winter Storm Athena" by The Weather Channel, is expected to bring wind gusts over 35 mph and up to 6 inches of snow. Coastal flooding is also possible, as the storm affects areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the Baltimore Sun notes.

The station says it named the storm due to its expected impact from Wednesday into Thursday morning in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. However, the National Weather Service (NWS) says it's staying clear of giving the storm a name.

It said in a statement:

TWC HAS NAMED THE NOR'EASTER "ATHENA.." THE NWS DOES NOT USE NAME WINTER STORMS IN OUR PRODUCTS. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING THE TERM ATHENA IN ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS.

Photos of the nor'easter's impact are popping up on social media. One of the main hashtags being used on Twitter is #Athena.

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@ breakingstorm : Observation station reporting 2.8 inches of snow in Central Park - @breakingweather

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@ weatherchannel : "We've got waffles falling out of the sky right now." - @JimCantore on the huge snowflakes falling in Trenton, NJ now. #Athena

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@ TWC_Shawn : BREAKING NOW: Long Island Railroad service is suspended systemwide due to weather #Athena

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@ WSJweather : As the #noreaster begins to really make some snow, wind gusts are dying down a bit. Atmosphere is becoming more "mixed" = less gusty.

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@ breakingstorm : More than 40,000 Long Island, New York, customers lose power in nor'easter - @newsday http://t.co/QNGUBAz4

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@ NYGovCuomo : Pls make sure you're staying warm safely tonight: Tips on avoiding dangerous exposure to Carbon Monoxide: http://t.co/dGFWQ2yL #silentkiller

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@ JimCantore : Nantucket, MA spotter reports COASTAL FLOOD at 05:34 PM EST -- 6 inches of water overwashing Easy Street .#MAwx

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From @CDiddy81:

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Check out FEMA's lists of shelters and warming centers:

New Jersey

Connecticut

New York

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Some 1,593 flights have been canceled Wednesday by the nor'easter, and 255 flights have been canceled for Thursday so far, FlightStats.com reports. For a full list of flight cancelations click here .

The airports with the most cancellations are Newark (582), LaGuardia (418), JFK (226) and Philadelphia (202).

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@ breakingweather : New York City reporting a quarter of a mile visibility as snow falls in Central Park: http://t.co/9TEOW41t

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@ MikeBloomberg : Because of today’s storm, the National Weather Service warns there could be major flooding in spots already eroded by #Sandy #Noreaster

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@ TWC_Shawn : iWitness pic:crews working in the snow from #Athena to get power restored from #Sandy in Brick, NJ #NJwx http://t.co/Id0EWhVP

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Sea levels are rising, Bloomberg says. "I don't think anyone seriously believes you could build a barrier from FL to ME to hold back the ocean."

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Bloomberg addressing climate change concerns in light of Hurricane Sandy: "We've never had to evacuate Zone A before and we've done it twice now within slightly over a year. The temperature of the oceans are one thing you can measure. They are warmer. When the oceans are warmer, the storms become more severe."

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When asked about the election last night, Bloomberg snapped "We're trying to talk about people's lives here."

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Bloomberg explains why he's not forcing more evacuations: "If people think you're crying wolf, the next time it's a serious threat, they might not do it."

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All schools in shelter sites, including John Jay High School in Brooklyn, will be open tomorrow, says Bloomberg.

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Bloomberg: 66,000 electrical customers in the city still without power today... large percentage of those customers face a major hurdle because of flooding by salt water.

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Bloomberg encourages checking up on older neighbors during storm.

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Mayor encourages people to use Air Bnb services if shelter is needed. Click here to visit their website.

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Bloomberg: "Don't drive if you can avoid it"

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Mayor Bloomberg: No reports of flooding, but risk until 6am tomorrow morning

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@ TWC_Shawn : Total power outages from #Sandy drop to 639,136 across NJ/NY/WV/PA/CT; number will likely grow due to #Athena

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