Storm-lashed New York, New Jersey scramble as weather threatens
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Storm-battered New York and New Jersey ordered the evacuation of some areas devastated by deadly Superstorm Sandy as strong wind, rain and sleet threatened to lash the region on Wednesday, closing parks and beaches and halting outside construction work.
The looming bad weather has New York and New Jersey on edge again as the US Northeast struggles to recover from former hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 120 in the United States and Canada when it struck on Oct 29 as a rare hybrid storm.
New York City has ordered the evacuation of some low-lying hard-hit areas, including the Rockaways section of Queens and the south shore of Staten Island - home to nearly half of the 40 people killed in New York City by Sandy - while residents of at least two New Jersey towns have also been told to leave.
Outside construction in New York will stop at noon and parks and beaches will also close then for 24 hours.