A storm destined to bring a swath of heavy snow from Minneapolis and Chicago to Washington, D.C., will cause problems at the coast from wind, beach erosion and coastal flooding.

While the storm will not nearly be as intense as Sandy, the Blizzard of ’93, the Perfect Storm (Halloween Storm of ’91), or the Ash Wednesday Storm of ’62, it will cause problems for some interests along the coast.

Northeast winds can become strong enough to cause sporadic power outages from the Delmarva Peninsula to New Jersey. A few gusts to 60 mph are possible Wednesday into Thursday. Well inland less wind is in store, but the amount of wet snow adhering to trees will cause power outages as well.

The shape of the coast and wind direction determine which areas are most susceptible to flooding from rising ocean and bay water levels. The duration and strength of…

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