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Northeast gets hit with another storm

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Residents in the northeast got hit with another storm just one week after superstorm Sandy.

The Nor'easter dubbed Athena brought down tree limbs and electrical wires throughout New York and New Jersey.

Over 650,000 customers are left without power Thursday morning.

Many of these customers also experienced power outages during Sandy.

The Long Island Power Authority assigned more than 12,000 workers to restore power to its customers; 8,000 of those workers were linemen and tree trimming crews from around the country.

Heavy snowfall is also causing a big problem for residents with up to seven inches expected in Staten Island Thursday.

Parts of Connecticut are seeing more than eight inches.

The National Weather Service says the unwelcome snow and high winds are slowly moving out of the New York City area but commuters may have to brave some lingering snowfall.

Under ordinary circumstances, experts say a storm of this sort wouldn't be a big deal but with the electrical system highly fragile and many of sandy's victims still left in the cold, the storm poses a big threat.

As residents of areas hit hardest by Sandy still cannot return home, the Nor'easter forced more evacuations in New York and New Jersey.

New York Police used their patrol car loudspeakers to warn the 20,000 to 30,000 residents in vulnerable areas to get out because of new flooding dangers.

The rockaways section of Queens and south shore of Staten Island, home to nearly half of the 40 people killed in New York City by Sandy, were evacuated.

At least two New Jersey towns were also told to evacuate.

More shelters have been set up to help.

A Nor'easter has characteristics of a hurricane and can cause severe coastal flooding, coastal erosion, strong winds or blizzard conditions.

These conditions are usually accompanied by heavy rain or snow.

Due to the extremely cold air it brings from the arctic, the storm has to potential to be very devastating and deadly