New storm predicted this week

Just what the region needs after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy: more high winds.

The National Weather Service predicted Sunday that a nor’easter that could include gusts of up to 55 mph is likely to reach the area by Wednesday and could compound the havoc brought by last week’s violent weather.

“Prepare for more outages,” advised weather service meteorologist Joe Pollina. “Stay indoors. Stock up again.”

He said the new storm wouldn’t be nearly as strong as Sandy but could pack winds “stronger than usual, even strong for a Nor’easter.”

Pollina said the strongest winds from the new storm would likely be seen on eastern Long Island.

Pollina warned of potential for more beach erosion and coastal flooding, depending on tides. Only moderate rain is predicted, though precipitation may begin as snow in Connecticut. He said trees weakened by Sandy might be felled by the new storm. In addition, any repairs aimed at returning power to the masses of people who haven’t regained it might have to be suspended during the new storm, he said.

Frank Poirot, a spokesman for Connecticut Light Power, said that while concerned about the predicted storm, the substantial replacement of much of the company’s infrastructure — including overhead wires and more than 1,000 transformers after Hurricane Sandy — should help limit damage from the nor’easter.

“One thing to keep in mind is that so much of the system on many streets has been rebuilt from scratch, which has caused the restoration to take more time,” Poirot said. “But with that new equipment, I have to think we are less vulnerable than we might have been, especially with much of the dead wood being knocked out of the trees. That said, we are watching it closely.”

Scott Devico, spokesman for the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said his organization will be participating in National Weather Service conference calls starting Monday to get the latest information on the nor’easter’s track and any potential impact on the state.

“As with any severe weather threat, we will be making preparations for possible impacts on Connecticut,” Devico said.

How this storm affect Connecticut depends on how close the core of the storm is to the coast. Some models, but not the very best ones, keep the storm offshore. If that’s the case, its effects will be modest.

However, assuming a track close to the coast, the storm’s effects should be felt Wednesday and Thursday.

The good news, if there is any, is that the storm should not affect weather on Election Day.

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