After Hurricane Sandy ravaged the eastern U.S. and left as many as 100 dead, another new East Coast storm is set to hit, but much less severe according to forecasters.
The Associated Press reported Friday that weather forecasters said the storm will happen in about six days, but people shouldn't get worried as the forecast could change before it hits late next week.
The National Weather Service, or NWS, forecast center in College Park, Md., released a report Thursday which said a nor'easter was possible for mid-Atlantic and New England states. The nor'easter with snow, winds and rain could hit by Election Day through next Thursday.
However, NWS forecaster Bruce Sullivan said the new East Coast storm wouldn't be as strong as Sandy and wouldn't be tropical. Sullivan did say there would be some snow in New England and New York, beach erosion and winds at 30 to 40 mph in the same areas hit by Sandy.
"I wouldn't get too alarmed yet," Sullivan said. "But it's something we're going to be watching over the next few days and fine-tuning. Anything that could hamper cleanup efforts is something that could be watched."
According to the NWS, the same computer which first tracked superstore Sandy a week in advance found this new East Coast storm.
The new storm, Sullivan said, would be a wet storm "coming through land in the Southeast U.S. and going into the water, combining with cold air coming south from the Great Lakes and then curving back into the mid-Atlantic."
Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private service Weather Underground, said the storm would likely be blocked from heading north and east out to the sea due to the same high pressure system as Sandy.
"There's room for optimism," Masters said. "From what I'm Iooking at, there's a concern."