Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,08:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

Long Island Foreclosures

Do you know someone who is facing possible foreclosure on Long Island? If you or someone you know is looking for counseling there are services available to help. By working with a local, government sponsored non-profit you can get valuable assistance and hopefully avoid foreclosure.

Since 2008, Long Island has been struggling with the backlash of the economic downturn. Foreclosures have simply skyrocketed on Long Island. According to a study issued in June 2012 by New York State’s Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, the first quarter of 2011 showed that Nassau and Suffolk counties had the 2nd and 3rd highest rates of foreclosure in the state of New York. Additionally, the report showed that there were almost as many foreclosed homes in Suffolk County as there were in the previous four years combined. Suffolk County has accounted for 85% of all foreclosed homes in Long Island in 2010 and Nassau County accounted for more than half in 2009. The numbers are telling and many families have had no choice but to move away or become homeless. The foreclosure process in New York State is currently taking over 900 days to complete.

Resources are available for homeowners who are teetering on the edge of losing their homes through the U.S. Department of Housing Development (HUD) affordable housing programs and foreclosure avoidance counseling. Additionally, programs are available for Veterans who are facing homelessness through the HUD VASH program. Call the National Center for Homeless Veterans Assistance at 1-877-424-3838.

If you are a first time homebuyer, there are great opportunities to purchase foreclosed homes as banks are overloaded with properties and are responsible for the yard and upkeep on those homes. Some investors have joined forces with local groups who are teaching unemployed folks how scout out and purchase foreclosed homes as a way of providing employment and creating housing for those in need.

Additional Resources:
Real Estate
Mortgage Services
Appraisers
HUD Links
Soup Kitchens
Homeless Shelters

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