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"Coastal Flood Statement" ...Coastal Flood Warning for this evening is cancelled... ...Localized minor coastal flooding Tuesday morning... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 1/2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides Tuesday morning. * Timing...coastal flood threat has ended for this evening. Localized minor coastal flooding expected with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle. * Coastal flood impacts...brief and localized minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. , "Wind Advisory" ...Wind Advisory in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... ...High Wind Warning is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Advisory...which is in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday. The High Wind Warning has been cancelled. * Winds...northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected until late tonight. * Impacts...strong winds may blow down limbs...trees...and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected. Limited visibilities will make travel very difficult. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph... or gusts of 46 to 57 mph...are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. , "Gale Warning" ...Gale Warning in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... ...Storm Warning is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Gale Warning... which is in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday. The Storm Warning has been cancelled. * Winds and seas...northeast winds 20 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 3 to 6 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Gale Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 34 to 47 kt are expected or occurring. Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe Harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions. -- Tuesday Jan.24 17,12:00 AM

Cuomo Calls for End to LIPA

Speaking on Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo reiterated his harsh criticisms of LIPA, this time calling for an end to the power authority.

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Gov. Cuomo has had harsh criticisms for LIPA since Superstorm Sandy left a historic number of customers without power, in many cases for weeks, and some customers still remain without service.  

Speaking at the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence on Wednesday, along with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Center), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a different system to take the place of LIPA.  The governor is awaiting the report on LIPA’s preparation and response to Superstorm Sandy, and has yet to fill any vacant positions on the LIPA board.
Last week Cuomo initiated an investigation of the power authority, with Suffolk’s chief deputy, Regina Calcaterra, serving as the Moreland Commission’s executive director.
Aides to both Executive Bellone and Mangano told Newsday that both executives agree with the governor in ending LIPA.  
Recent internal documents from the power authority show alarming oversights made by the company in the past several years, including forgoing the inspection of old poles and trees near power lines, as well as the use of outdated technology, which ultimately slowed the restoration process.
The Moreland Commission’s full report on LIPA, Con Edison and other utility providers is expected to be completed in the upcoming weeks.  Last week, LIPA’s Chief Operating Officer, Michael Hervey, announced his resignation from the power authority.
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