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Nor'easter to Hit Already Battered East Coast

A second storm is expected to hit the East Coast Wednesday, further escalating the damage.

Weather experts say a storm traveling up the East Coast is expected to challenge clean-up efforts of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday will be weaker and farther off shore than predicted.

"Winds could gust up to 50 mph in both New Jersey and New York," said Jeff Masters, from the online weather service, Weather Underground.

"Trees weakened by Superstorm Sandy are predicted to fall and could potentially cause more power outages," said Lauren Nash, a meteorologist from National Weather Service.

"Effects of the second storm include New Jersey coast erosion and up to an inch of snowfall in northwestern New Jersey and in the lower Hudson River valley", said weather service meteorologist Mike Layer.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie continued to make strides in cleaning up Sandy's destruction. Christie ordered loaned rail cars to replace flooded New Jersey Transit cars.

President Barack Obama complimented Christie with his relief efforts, despite teachers' frustration that Christie cancelled the annual teachers union conference in Atlantic City due to the storm.

Christie is directing New Jersey teachers to hold school Nov. 8 and Nov. 9, the days the convention was supposed to be held, since students have had unexpected days off from Superstorm Sandy.

He also warned that high winds could mean some residents who have regained their power will lose it again. The wind could slow their efforts to restore power.

Masters said most of the rain from Superstorm Sandy will stay offshore. Massachusetts may experience an inch or two of rain, but there will be less than an inch of rain elsewhere along the coast.

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