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Winter Storm Has Mostly Passed City

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The winter storm is winding down in New York City after a night of heavy rain, snow and high winds.

While many who had been hit hard by Sandy prepared for the worst, the storm was much milder than the hurricane.

The gusty conditions seen Wednesday night and into the morning should end by midday.

The rain will end by the early afternoon.

Wave heights were expected to top out Wednesday evening between nine and 12 feet on the northern shores, and wave heights were expected to reach between six and nine feet along the southern shores.

Waves reached nearly 14 feet during Hurricane Sandy.

The conditions in the Rockaways this morning were more windy than rainy, but there had already been some flooding.

People climbed on the sand and what remains of the boardwalk to look at the waves.

Water also came up onto Beach Channel Drive near Riis Park.

It made for tough conditions for people traveling by car and by foot.

Winds and rain from the storm covered the scarred landscape of Rockaway Beach.

Angry waves crashed against the beach that was battered by Hurricane Sandy.

The water never reached as far as Hurricane Sandy, but that didn't keep people from taking every precaution.

In a neighborhood now missing parts of its beach and boardwalk, residents had mixed reactions to the latest storm.

"Scared to death after what happened just a few weeks ago," said one resident. "Who wouldn't be?"

"It can't get any worse than before," said another. "Not this time."

Unlike Hurricane Sandy, there were no calls for evacuations.

Residents in parts of the Bronx hit hard by Sandy also had concerns.

People in Throgs Neck were keeping an eye on a retaining wall.

Waves easily cleared the wall and water splashed all over the streets.

The wall was breached during Sandy, which worried some people who are still recovering from the floods.

Neighbors said they expected some flooding, but not the kind brought by the hurricane.

Meanwhile, officials said they were prepared for the weather.

The city issued a winter travel advisory through the Thursday morning rush.

While it was an ugly day here, the same weather system did worse damage elsewhere.

Parts of Upstate New York have seen as much as a foot of snow.

Accumulations as high as 20 inches are possible in elevated areas.

The storm dumped a record amount of snowfall in Arkansas and is affecting post-holiday travel for millions of people.

At least nine deaths are being blamed on the storm, most of them from car accidents.

Governor Andrew Cuomo activated the state's emergency operations center to monitor the storm and respond to emergency needs.

Administration officials reached out to utility companies to confirm that they are prepared and remind them of their obligations to New Yorkers.

In addition, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority scheduled workers and prepared pump trains to respond to flooding.

As a precaution, the agency has stopped number 3 train service north of 96th Street.

Local trains will make stops to 137th Street and 2 trains will make stops to 135th Street.

Shuttle buses will run to 148th Street.

The MTA website says those changes will remain in effect until Thursday morning.

Consolidated Edison said customers should be careful and asked all to report any downed power lines or outages to coned.com or call 1-800-75-CONED.

The utility said they are in contact with local officials.

The Sanitation Department said it was prepared for the storm and has 365 salt spreaders loaded and ready to go.

The new storm also has some homeowners thinking about the need for flood insurance.

It's available through the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov.

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