Hurricane Sandy has ravaged the East Coast, and New Jersey's shore has been particularly hard hit.
Now, as the state begins the slow, arduous recovery process, there's still more to worry about, report Stephen Stirling and Dan Goldberg at the Star-Ledger.
The superstorm annihilated the Jersey coastline, flattening its defenses.
"We don’t have any coastal defense, and we have an entire winter storm season coming," Rutgers University state climatologist David Robinson tells the Star-Ledger. "That could be a serious problem."
The Star-Ledger explains:
The state’s dunes, berms and other elevated coastal topography are New Jersey’s chief protection along the Atlantic Coast and Raritan and Delaware bays against coastal flooding. Without them, the coast is exposed, leaving shoreline communities extremely vulnerable to high tides during storms.
A storm that wouldn't have been a problem before Sandy may become a serious issue, causing flooding and putting even more of New Jersey's ailing shore in danger.
And with a Nor'easter on the way later this week, the parts of New Jersey that are likely to be hardest hit are the same ones that were devastated by Sandy, according to the National Weather Service.
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