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Nor'easter threat worries residents recovering from Sandy

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Just a week after Superstorm Sandy left a big mess in our region, the threat posed by a possible nor'easter in the next 48 hours has many in the D.C. area on edge.

"Right here is where the tree…sheered that right off," Ralph Novoa of Alexandria said.

Sandy dropped a tree onto his bedroom. Only a couple hours earlier, a  power outage sent him to a friend's place.

"And it could have always been worse. It could have been the entire house, and it could have been me," Novoa added.

Now, Novoa is living with that friend, Jim Glenn, whose been helping out by doing days worth of Novoa's sand-soiled laundry.

"We don't ever want to go through this again. This is just terrible," Glenn said.

Now, the old friends have a new fear. A nor'easter packing gusty winds and unwelcome rain could slide past the mid-Atlantic Wednesday into Thursday.

"If this is really bad, it's going to be even worse than what we had before," Glenn continued.

They're concerned wild weather could rip the tarp off what's left of Novoa's roof and further water log his home.

In New York, many victims of Sandy remain without power and debris still clogs the streets.

"The storm is a serious storm," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "Normally, I wouldn't consider it a life-threatening storm. But these are not normal times."

Cuomo said moderate flooding is possible even as residents try to recover from Superstorm Sandy. He said the heavy rain and strong winds forecast will cause more havoc from Westchester County to Queens to Long Island, where he says people are still in peril.

Cuomo is issuing an executive order to have local public works crews pick up furniture and other belongings New Yorkers have placed in front of their houses awaiting insurance estimates. Much of the cost is expected to be covered by federal disaster aid.

Cuomo said he is ordering insurance companies to accept inventories and photographs with timestamps of items provided by policyholders, instead of only accepting on-site inspections. He urges policyholders to keep copies.

The executive order also imposes a 30-day moratorium during which insurance companies can't cancel policies.

State Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said homeowners should take careful inventory, take photos and even keep samples of damaged material for which they seek insurance compensation.

Both directives cover New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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