Another storm headed for NY, NJ

Another storm headed for NY, NJ


Just what New York and New Jersey need after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy — More wind.

The National Weather Service said an offshore storm that could pack gusts up to 55 mph is in Wednesday’s forecast for the New York metropolitan area and the New Jersey coastline.

Meteorologist Joe Pollina said the storm looks like a classic Nor’easter, coming up along the Atlantic coast. He said it will not be nearly as strong as Sandy but could compound the damage left by last week’s superstorm.

The weather service said the strongest winds will likely hit eastern Long Island.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said cold temperatures mean “tens of thousands” of people whose homes were damaged by the superstorm will need other places to live.

Bypass surgery seems best for heart disease in diabetics


New research shows that people with diabetes and several clogged heart arteries fare better with bypass surgery instead of having stents placed to prop open their blood vessels.

Doctors compared the treatments in a study of 1,900 diabetics and looked five years later to see how many had suffered a heart attack, stroke or death. Only 19 percent of the bypass group had, versus 27 percent of those given stents.

People like this represent about one-fourth of all heart disease patients.

Results were discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Banks extend fee waivers for those hit by storm

Some of the nation’s biggest banks have extended temporary waivers on a variety of fees and late charges for residents of states hit hard by superstorm Sandy.

It’s an effort to ease pressure on customers to make bill payments when nearly 1.8 million homes and businesses remain without power across a swath of states.

JPMorgan Chase Inc., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo Inc., PNC Financial Services Inc., Bank of America Inc. and HSBC are among the institutions that have offered such help for their customers. Most have extended their deadlines until Wednesday.

The banks themselves still face power outages, forcing the shutdown of dozens of branches and ATMs in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

Associated Press

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