Areas west of Binghamton will likely be spared from the impact of the nor’easter taking shape in the Gulf Coast.??
However, areas on the East Coast pummeled by Superstorm Sandy last week are bracing for yet another potentially damaging storm. A nor’easter was expected to begin its march up the coast Monday, eventually passing within 50 to 100 miles of the wounded New Jersey coastline Wednesday.??
The storm was expected to bring winds of up to 55 mph, coastal flooding, up to 2 inches of rain along the shore, and several inches of snow to Pennsylvania and New York.??
Tom Esterguard, meteorologist for the WETM 18 Storm Team, said residents in much of the Twin Tiers will likely see rain flurries Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, but the worst of the storm will be to the east “We are on the extreme outer fringe of the storm,” Esterguard said.??
One of the biggest fears was that the storm could bring renewed flooding to parts of the shore where Sandy wiped out natural beach defenses and protective dunes.??
“It’s going to impact many areas that were devastated by Sandy. It will not be good,” said Bruce Terry, the lead forecaster for the National Weather Service.??
Some communities were considering again evacuating neighborhoods that were hard hit by Sandy and where residents had only recently been allowed to return. No town had made a final decision to do so as of mid-afternoon Monday.