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Winter Storm Hitting the East Coast

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The battered East Coast seems like it can't catch a break; a northeaster bearing down on New York and New Jersey now threatens for unleash powerful winds and more flooding.

The storm comes on the heels of Superstorm Sandy, which left thousands in the area living without power and facing a massive clean up.

Snow began falling on top of the Empire State Building as the northeaster blew into New York this afternoon, and residents of a New Jersey shore neighborhood were evacuated aboard school buses as the storm damaged coast prepared for rain, snow, possible flooding, and wind gusts of over 50 miles per hour. "I'm waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," quipped New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

Inland towns in higher elevations could get as many as six inches of wet heavy snow tonight, which has plow trucks, road salters, and sanders standing by in Boonton, New Jersey, where streets remain strewn with downed power lines and debris from Sandy. According to Boonton resident Mike Petonak, 20% of the power is still out, and tempers are running short.

One hard-hit neighborhood in Rockaway Beach, Queens, is under evacuation orders -- but some residents, even those without heat or electricity, are refusing to leave.

"We've been through this for 8 or 9 days now," one resident explained. "I mean, we're not going anywhere. We didn't leave for Sandy, we're not gonna leave for a nor'easter."

Four nursing homes in the area have evacuated patients and moved them to higher ground.

The storm is expected to clear out by Thursday afternoon.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled out of airports around New York City.

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