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"Blizzard Warning" ...Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight EST Tuesday night... * locations...New Haven...Middlesex...New London and southern Fairfield counties in Connecticut. Hudson...eastern Bergen... eastern Essex and eastern Union counties in New Jersey. Southern Westchester...New York (Manhattan)...Bronx...Richmond (staten island)...Kings (Brooklyn)...Suffolk...Queens and Nassau counties in New York. * Hazard types...heavy snow and blowing snow...with blizzard conditions. * Accumulations...20 to 30 inches with locally higher amounts... especially across Long Island and Connecticut. * Snowfall rates...2 to 4 inches per hour late tonight into Tuesday morning. * Winds...north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Gusts up to 70 mph possible across extreme eastern Long Island. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Temperatures...lower to mid 20s. * Timing...snow will be heavy at times through Tuesday. The heaviest snow and strongest winds will be overnight into Tuesday morning. * Impacts...life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds...with whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel... have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded...stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon...to allow people already on the Road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins...and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads. , "Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 3 am to 7 am EST Tuesday... * locations...the New York coasts of the western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...most likely 2 1/2 to 3 ft above the astronomical tide...with a worst case of 3 1/2 ft. * Timing...3 to 7 am late tonight into early Tuesday morning. * Beach erosion impacts...3 to 5 ft waves and high storm tide may cause beach erosion along the north facing shorelines open to the Long Island Sound. A few exposed Waterfront structures may be damaged. * Coastal flooding impacts...flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and/or wave action. Vulnerable shore Road closures may be needed. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Most likely western l.I. Sound water levels for late tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ....................................(mllw)................... Kings Point NY......455 am........10.2-10.8.......moderate... Glen Cove NY........445 am........10.6-11.2.......moderate... , "Special Statement" ...Heavy snow will impact Middlesex...New London...southeastern New Haven and Suffolk counties... At 635 PM EST...National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking multiple bands of heavy snow working northwest from off the ocean towards Suffolk County and southeastern Connecticut. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inch(es) per hour...winds gusts to 40 mph...and whiteout conditions are expected with these snow bands. Travel is not recommended in this area this evening as Road conditions will quickly deteriorate and become dangerous over the next 2 hours. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for the area. NV -- Monday Jan.26 15,08:00 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Fire Island Homes Destroyed

Nature & Weather, Local News, Seasonal & Current Events

At least 12 homes have been washed out to sea in the worst storm in this area since the Hurricane of 1938, and 80% of ...

Hurricane Sandy has devastated much of our 34 mile long Fire Island National Seashore, otherwise known as “Fire Island”, home to a year round population of less than 500 that swells to as many as 30,000 residents during the summer throughout the 17 settled areas.

AP reports that at least 12 homes have been washed out to sea in the worst storm in this area since the Hurricane of 1938, and that 80% of the remaining homes have some kind of damage. There are no currently functioning marinas or running ferries. Docks, boardwalks, homes and decks have been torn apart.

The storm’s 90 mile an hour winds, high tides, record storm surge and tremendous waves have removed miles of beach and protective dunes and caused numerous breaches between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay. As per Chris Soller, Fire Island’s National Seashore superintendent, there are “breaches on the far eastern end of the island, with one so deep that it could effectively divide Fire Island into two separate islands." There are reports that this breach has corrected itself.

The easternmost portion of Fire Island, Davis Park, is reported to have lost 7 homes and the ocean has breached the bay throughout a large part of Moriches Inlet as well as at three locations east of Davis Park, essentially cutting off access to all of Fire Island from the east.

Ocean Beach with nearly 150 year round residents, are reporting up to 40 oceanfront homes damaged or destroyed, and one home is known to have burned down. Fire departments from Ocean Beach, Kismet, Islip Town, Cherry Grove and Ocean Bay Park had equipment at the ready and were able to respond quickly, control the blaze and put the fire out without it further damaging adjacent homes.

Seaview, Kismet, Ocean Bay Park and Point O’ Woods appear to have suffered major ocean side damages and flooding from aerial footage taken after the storm, and have lost several homes some of which are standing precariously perched on the beach.

The Pines were spared from losing any oceanfront homes, although extensive damage to property, pools and decks have been reported, as well as a very severe breach from the ocean to the bay just east of the Pines. Cherry Grove residents were spared from the most catastrophic damages and have suffered no loss of homes.

As of now, the island is not safe without electricity or phone lines. Water services have been compromised or are not available. Debris, downed wires and electrical transformers are strewn about the walks. Access to the island is being strictly controlled and there is a ban on residents returning to the island as rescue and emergency services cannot access the island in the case of an injury. The ban is hoped to be lifted early next week, as per Jay Pagano, FIPPOA President.

 


Photo by Lucas Jackson - Burma Road at Ocean Beach

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