TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Winds were kicking up Wednesday as New Jersey braced for a nor'easter that could bring higher winds, flooding and even the possibility of snow a week and a half after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore.
Forecasters said Wednesday's storm will likely be less damaging than initially feared. But officials in vulnerable shore towns whose beaches and dunes were wiped out were worried nonetheless.
Gov. Chris Christie warned residents that high winds may mean some homes and businesses that regained power will lose it again, and the wind could also slow efforts to restore power.
Toms River issued a mandatory evacuation of the Barrier Island for noon Wednesday. There are voluntary evacuations of low-lying areas on the mainland.
Middletown Township in Monmouth County has issued a mandatory 3 p.m. evacuation from Keansburg to Atlantic Highlands from Route 36 to the bay.
The National Weather Service says precipitation will likely start as rain sometime Wednesday morning, and then become steadier during the early afternoon. It could then mix with and change to snow as the day progresses.