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New York Braces for Autumn Storm

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced a limited evacuation of some neighborhoods ahead of harsh weather barreling toward a city still recovering from superstorm Sandy.

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The national weather service forecast heavy rain and likely snow on Wednesday and Thursday, accompanied by gale force winds gusting as high as 43 mph (69 kmh).

Though barely half the strength of Sandy, the autumn storm will lash already damaged buildings and bring lower temperatures for tens of thousands of people still struggling without electricity.

Bloomberg told a news conference that parks and beaches would close. The worst-hit patches of waterfront neighborhoods, including Rockaways in the Queens borough, and in Staten Island, were being asked to evacuate again.

“We are going to go to a few very low areas and try to evacuate people,” he said. “We are not ordering a general evacuation.”

In addition to the parks, the city’s four zoos were due to close for most of Wednesday and Thursday.

Bloomberg also said sanitation workers would temporarily stop collecting recycling materials and reduce garbage collection so that more resources could be devoted to clean up badly flooded areas.

United Airlines announced it would suspend flights to and from the three major New York City regional airports — JFK, La Guardia and Newark in New Jersey — due to the storm, airline spokesman Charles Hobart said.

Matt Miller, a spokesman with American Airlines, said the airline is “closely monitoring the situation” but has not yet decided to cancel flights to the area airports.

Some 91,000 homes and businesses were still without power in New York eight days after Sandy swept through, killing 40 people in the city alone. More than 100 people died in the US northeast.

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