WRAPUP 5-Wintry storm brings new woe to hard-hit U.S. Northeast

Wed Nov 7, 2012 11:47pm GMT

* Rain, wind, sleet due to hit Sandy-battered areas

* Expected storm surge a threat to already flooded coastline

* Nursing homes, low-lying areas evacuated

* Fresh power outages affect 22,000 customers

By Karen Freifeld and Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) - A wintry storm dropped snow and rain on the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy.

The nor'easter storm brought fresh misery to thousands in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut whose homes were destroyed by Sandy when it smashed ashore on Oct. 29, bringing historic flooding and high winds. The storm killed 120 people in the United States and Canada.

Some 22,000 homes and businesses from the Carolinas to New York lost power on Wednesday, joining the more than 640,000 customers who still lacked electricity from one of the biggest and costliest storms ever to hit the United States.

New York and New Jersey evacuated the most vulnerable coastal areas ahead of the nor'easter, which was forecast to bring a high tide about 2 feet (60 cm) above normal by early Thursday.   Continued...

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