NEW YORK — Just days after Hurricane Sandy caused destruction and heartache across New York, another storm threatens to bring intense rains and winds back to the region amid freezing temperatures, forecasters warn.
Winds will begin picking up Tuesday evening, but the full force of the coastal storm is expected to be felt Wednesday and Thursday.
The gust, which will intensify in the following days, may reach between 40 and 60 mph, with the potential to throw uncollected debris in to the air.
The winds may be intense enough to uproot trees that had been loosened by Hurricane Sandy, putting areas at risk for further power outages.
The storm might also unleash damaging water surges along portions of the New Jersey coast, potentially slowing Hurricane Sandy relief, according to Accuweather.
Though flooding likely won't affect New York City, the predicted northeast wind might lead to a "water pile-up" in Long Island Sound, leading to flooding along the island's north shore as well as coastal Connecticut, Accuweather notes.
Staten Island and Battery Park should also be spared the brunt of the new storm's flood waters.
Overall, though, rainfall could be heavy enough to cause localized flooding of low-lying areas, but not rivers in the region.
Meanwhile, as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers go without power and heat, the thermometer continues to drop, with temperatures expected to tumble into the 20s and 30s Sunday night.
Nightly temperatures are expected to plunge near or below freezing through Saturday, the National Weather Service notes.
Officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, warned of the impending cold at a press conference Sunday morning, and said the low temperatures threaten to put those without heat at risk for hypothermia — a life-threatening condition.
According to the National Institute of Health's organization on aging, even body temperatures a few degrees lower than the normal 98.6 degree temperature can lead to irregular heartbeat and death.
The signs of hypothetmia include "confusion or sleepiness; slowed, slurred speech, or shallow breathing; weak pulse; change in behavior or in the way a person looks; a lot of shivering or no shivering; stiffness in the arms or legs; and poor control over body movements or slow reactions."
Those who think they may be suffering from hypothetmia are advised to seek medical attention immediately.
While waiting for help, the NIH says measures must be taken to keep the individual warm and dry.
Warm drinks are particularly suggested, however they must not be caffeinated or contain alcohol, the NIH notes.
To prevent people from getting hypothermia, the city has set up "warming centers."
They are located at:
Lenox Hill Innovative Senior Center, 343 E. 70th St., Manhattan, 9 a.m to 5 p.m,.
YM/YWHA Innovative Senior Center, 54 Nagle Ave., Manhattan, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Project Find Woodstock Senior Center, 127 W. 43rd St., Manhattan, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City Hall Senior Center, 100 Gold St., Manhattan, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Community Lounge, 155 E. 22nd St., Manhattan, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Good Companions Senior Center, 334 Madison St., Manhattan, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sirovich Senior Center, 331 E. 12th St., Manhattan, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
UJC Adult Luncheon Club, 15-17 Bialystoker Place, Manhattan, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Council Center for Senior Citizens, 1001 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Borough Park Senior Center, 5602 11th Ave., Brooklyn, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AMICO 59th Street Senior Center, 5901 13th Ave., Brooklyn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bay View Community Center, 5955 Shore Pkwy., Brooklyn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Riverdale Y Senior Center, 5625 Arlington Ave., Bronx, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bronx House Community Center, 990 Pelham Pkwy. South, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Senior Guild Luncheon Program, 120 Anderson Ave., Staten Island, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.