NEW YORK — A nor’easter threatened to unravel progress made since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New York area, delivering a second angry serving of howling wind and high water on Wednesday in places where misery and frustration had yet to recede.
The storm, a chilly brew of rain and wet snow blown in by gusts almost as powerful as those recorded during the hurricane, arrived with the dismaying potential to disrupt efforts to bring life back to normal from the Jersey Shore to eastern Long Island.
In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie warned that the storm could leave many people in the dark again, only a few days after their power had been restored.
‘‘I can see us actually moving backwards,’’ Christie said in a news conference on Long Beach Island, which suffered some of the heaviest damage in the storm last week. The barrier island had reopened to residents, but as the