New Yorkers could be forgiven for hoping for a return to some sort of normality after the drama of Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election in the past couple of weeks.

So, the latest weather 'event' - a winter storm - will be sorely testing the resolve of residents of the eastern seaboard as many are forced to leave their homes, contend with disrupted public transport and cope with power cuts across the region.

The storm - a nor'easter - is a mix of rain and wet snow blown in by gusts of up to 60mph and almost as powerful as those recorded during Sandy and struck as the region was still trying to repair damage and recover from the effects of the hurricane.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie warned in the New York Times that recovery efforts after Sandy could "move backwards" with people left in the dark just days after power had been restored.

"I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," he quipped.

New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg said that low-lying areas had not been flooded at high tide on Wednesday afternoon but he was concerned about areas where flood defences had not yet been repaired. Parks and beaches in the city have been closed and construction work halted.

See how the storm has affected the area in the gallery below.

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  • Storm-Damaged Communities On East Coast Face Nor'Easter Storm

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: A resident clears out destroyed household belongings from his flood-damaged home as snow falls on November 7, 2012 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Residents of the low-lying New Dorp area of Staten Island had been advised to evacuate ahead of the arrival of a Nor'Easter storm that could potentially re-flood areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • John Barbaria walks in the snow, among piles of trash in the street, while cleaning a relatives house in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, New York, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Jason Auer works in the snow cleaning a relatives house in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, New York, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • A woman clears snow from her parked car Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Dover Township, N.J., as the region pounded by Superstorm Sandy last week is hit by a Nor'Easter. Gov. Chris Christie warned Wednesday that New Jersey may suffer a setback in its Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts as a result of the new storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • A couple stands in a bus shelter during a snowfall Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Dover Township, N.J., as the region pounded by Superstorm Sandy last week is hit by a Nor'Easter. Gov. Chris Christie warned Wednesday that New Jersey may suffer a setback in its Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts as a result of the new storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • A woman clears snow from her parked car Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Dover Township, N.J., as the region pounded by Superstorm Sandy last week is hit by a Nor'Easter. Gov. Chris Christie warned Wednesday that New Jersey may suffer a setback in its Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts as a result of the new storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • National Guardsman Brandon Kyle, right, hands out blankets donated by the American Red Cross to workers helping a resident clean up his flooded house as snow fell from a Noreaster that approached in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Karina Ayubi, Brandon Kyle

    Volunteer Karina Ayubi, left, joins National Guardsman Brandon Kyle as they distribute blankets donated by the American Red Cross to residents without power as a Nor'easter approaches in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry. N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Volunteer Chris Braitsch, left, and National Guardsman Brandon Kyle distribute blankets to residents of Little Ferry, N.J., as a Noreaster approached in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Leonard Hekel stands out in the cold after deciding to temporarily move out of his house which was flooded by Sandy and still had no power as a Noreaster approached, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Chris Braitsch, left, who is volunteering because the school where he teaches is still closed, checks on 80 year-old Mary Schiraldi, center, as National Guardsman Brandon Kyle stands by with donated American Red Cross blankets as they went door to door as a Noreaster approached in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Ben Colontonio talks on his cell phone wrapped in a blanket donated by the American Red Cross as a Noreaster approached in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • People walk in a snowfall Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Dover Township, N.J., as the region pounded by Superstorm Sandy last week is hit by a Nor'Easter. Gov. Chris Christie warned Wednesday that New Jersey may suffer a setback in its Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts as a result of the new storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • A couple stands in a bus shelter during a snowfall Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Dover Township, N.J., as the region pounded by Superstorm Sandy last week is hit by a Nor'Easter. Gov. Chris Christie warned Wednesday that New Jersey may suffer a setback in its Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts as a result of the new storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Volunteers Chris Braitsch, left, Karina Ayubi unload blankets donated by the American Red Cross as a Nor'easter approaches in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J., a town that was flooded during the storm and where some residents were still without power. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Leonard Hekel loads a basket of clothing into his car after deciding to temporarily move out of his house which was flooded by Sandy and still had no power as a Noreaster approached, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • A member of the New York Police Department walks through snow as it accumulates in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A Noreaster is complicating an already difficult situation with wind and blowing snow. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • A New York Police Department van broadcasts the location of warm shelters over a loudspeaker as snow as it accumulates in the Rockaway Park neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A Noreaster is complicating an already difficult situation with wind and blowing snow. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Volunteer Karina Ayubi does jumping jacks to keep warm while waiting for National Guardsmen to unload blankets donated by the American Red Cross as a nor'easter approached in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Patrons are directed away from the Long Island Railroad which is being closed off at Penn Station as service is suspended Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. One of the nation's largest commuter railroads is suspending service because of a nor'easter sweeping the same regions hit by Superstorm Sandy more than a week ago. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Patrons are directed away from the Long Island Railroad which is being closed off at Penn Station as service is suspended Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. One of the nation's largest commuter railroads is suspending service because of a nor'easter sweeping the same regions hit by Superstorm Sandy more than a week ago. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Frank Hlavaty rubs his hands together for warmth as he eyes a fallen tree next door to his house, flooded by Superstorm Sandy, as a nor'easter approached, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Frank Hlavaty stands by a pile of destroyed furniture outside his home that was flooded by Superstorm Sandy as a nor'easter approaches, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again, and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's blow more than a week ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • People walk through snow as it accumulates in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A Noreaster is complicating an already difficult situation with wind and blowing snow. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Patrons are directed away from the Long Island Railroad which is being closed off at Penn Station as service is suspended Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. One of the nation's largest commuter railroads is suspending service because of a nor'easter sweeping the same regions hit by Superstorm Sandy more than a week ago. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Volunteers Chris Braistch center, huddles with National Guardsmen and fellow volunteer Zach Vorisek as they plan a route to distribute donated blankets to residents without power as a nor'easter approached in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Pedestrians wait to cross the street in Times Square during a snow storm Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • A mold restoration specialist passes by the torn up altar at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Parish as a nor'easter approached in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. The church was flooded by four feet of water. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Fans blow air into St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church as part of a mold restoration process following flooding from Superstorm Sandy as a nor'easter approached the area, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Little Ferry. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • A NYPD traffic officer works in the financial district as sleet and snow blows around him, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • People navigate Times Square during a snow storm Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • A pedestrian walks into the wind and snow in the financial district, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A pedestrian walks into the wind near a steam vent in the financial district, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Men shovel snow from a walkway in Times Square Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Pedestrians walk through Times Square as it snows Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • A electrical worker stands above an open sidewalk as sleet and snow blows around him in the Financial District, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Sanitation workers shovel snow from Queens Blvd. during a snow storm Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Cars navigate Queens Boulevard during a snow storm Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in the Queens borough of New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • In this photo provided by Tom DeVito, a boat that washed ashore during Superstorm Sandy sits covered in snow on Hylan Blvd. in the Staten Island borough of New York as a nor'easter hits the city, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's blow more than a week ago. (AP Photo/Tom DeVito)

  • Pedestrians walk through Times Square as it snows Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Sanitation workers shovel snow from the streets of Times Square Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Axwl Benitez, Lucia Figueroa, Jelannie

    Axel Benitez, 7, his mother Lucia Figueroa, second from left, and his baby sister Jelannie, in the stroller, evacuate from Coney Island with the assistance of friends, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in New York. A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected. Winds could still gust to 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and evening. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: A man uses a metal detector to search for buried objects along the beach, April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: Beach erosion and damage is shown along the Atlantic City Boardwalk April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: Beach erosion is shown along the Atlantic City Boardwalk April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: Beach erosion is shown along the Atlantic City Boardwalk Tuesday April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: A stairway ends where sand used to be, displaying the extent of beach erosion along the Atlantic City Boardwalk April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: A ramp and stairs end where sand used to be, displaying the extent of beach erosion along the Atlantic City Boardwalk April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: Men use metal detectors to search buried objects along the beach, April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: Beach erosion is shown along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • Nor'Easter Erodes Shoreline At New Jersey Resorts

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 17: A ramp ends where sand used to be, displaying the extent of beach erosion along the Atlantic City Boardwalk April 17, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A fierce Nor'easter storm which brought record rainfall and flooding to the area has caused erosions of up to six feet along portions of the New Jersey coastline. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)