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"Winter Storm Warning" ...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 PM EST this evening... * locations...Suffolk County. * Hazard types...heavy snow...strong winds...and blowing and drifting snow. * Accumulations...snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. * Winds...northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Temperatures...in the lower 30s. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Timing...snow will develop before daybreak...and may be mixed with rain at the very onset. The heaviest snow will fall from the morning commute into early this afternoon. * Impacts...the combination of strong winds and heavy wet snow will bring down tree limbs and power lines. Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to greatly reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations. Near blizzard conditions are expected...especially out on The Forks and on Fishers Island. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight...food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. , "Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 am this morning to 1 PM EST this afternoon... ...Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 PM this evening to 1 am EST Tuesday... * locations...coastal locations along the North Shore of Nassau and northwestern Suffolk. * Tidal departures...2 to 2 1/2 feet above astronomical tides. * Timing...minor coastal flooding expected for this morning and tonight/S high tide cycles. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties due to height of storm tide or wave splashover. Majority of roads remain passable. There is no significant threat to life and any impact on property is minimal. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...L.I. Sound water levels for this morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......1034 am.......10.0-10.5..........minor... Glen Cove NY........1048 am........9.8-10.4..........minor... Old Field NY........1050 am........9.1-9.6...........minor.... ...L.I. Sound water levels for tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......1102 PM........9.6-10.0..........minor.... Glen Cove NY........1117 PM........9.6-10.1..........minor.... Old Field NY........1118 PM........9.1-9.5...........minor.... -- Monday Feb.08 16,05:00 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Deadlines Approaching for Sandy Relief Programs

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano warns residents that deadlines for the county's STEP program and FEMA's ongoing rental assistance are approaching.

As Nassau County continues to oversee debris removal a month Superstorm Sandy swept through the area, County Exec. Edward Mangano warns residents not to miss deadlines for various relief programs.

Residents have until December 19th to apply for the FEMA Shelter and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program.  The program offers emergency temporary electricity, heat and hot water to homes that are stable enough to accommodate families while long term repairs are conducted.  To date, the program has assessed over 5,400 homes.  
 
To access assistance through the STEP program, Nassau County residents are directed to call 1-888-684-4267 to initiate an assessment, after which necessary work permits can be obtained and repairs can begin.  The program guarantees that the temporary repair be completed within 60 days of the assessment.  Residents in Suffolk County can dial 2-1-1 for more information.
 
Residents are also reminded that they must complete a FEMA  “Declaration for Continuing Need for Rental Assistance” form in order to reaffirm an ongoing need for temporary housing.  FEMA requests these declarations be mailed within 15 days after applicants receive the initial housing grant.  Residents with any questions regarding temporary housing assistance can call FEMA’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at 800-621-FEMA (3362).
 
“While I am encouraged by the progress that has been made to date, the goal is to return everyone who is still living in temporary housing to a permanent residence,” said County Executive Mangano said in a statement.
 
There is no deadline, however, for debris removal.  So far, Nassau County has overseen the removal of 5,000 down trees, compared to 3,000 cause by Tropical Storm Irene last year.  Mangano said the debris removal will be ongoing until every community has been cleaned.  
 
 
 
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