BAYVILLE, N.Y. As the Northeast girded for a potentially record-breaking blizzard Friday, snow wasn't the only thing worrying residents and officials.
Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from superstorm Sandy in October.
Craig Allen, chief meteorologist for CBS radio station WCBS in New York, said hurricane-force winds will form off Long Island and will create storm surges of up to five feet -- about half that of Sandy, but still putting possible coastal flooding in the forefront.
Waves of three to five feet will crash in the area and coastal flooding will likely become an issue.
Rory Cohen lives just five houses from the Long Island Sound. She was hoping "the winds won't be that high to carry the water over onto the street, but it's out of our control."
Water may override roadways again, just as it did during Sandy and the subsequent nor'easter. Basements may flood, as well.
Some residents wasted little time Thursday, stocking up on supplies.
Towns along New Jersey's shoreline were bringing in tons of sand to try to shield themselves from any coastal flooding the blizzard brought.