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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. * Coastal flood impacts...potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline this evening. 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. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for this evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ... ................................(mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM.....9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... New Haven CT.........817 PM......8.9-9.6/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Old Field NY.........820 PM......9.3-9.8/2.0-2.5.....Min-mod.. Glen Cove NY.........900 PM....10.2-10.7/2.3-2.8.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this afternoon into this evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Monday Jan.23 17,09:24 AM

Hurricane Sandy: Long Island Recovers From the Superstorm

“Superstorm” Sandy, as it has come to be known, had a devastating impact on Long Island and the surrounding region. Though it was no longer a hurricane by the time it reached New York, the post-tropical cyclone dealt massive damage as its winds tore through trees, power lines and buildings, and storm surge caused major flooding. Hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders were left without power for days if not weeks as crews came from around the country in an effort to restore a crippled electric grid.

A year later, many on Long Island were still feeling the effects of Sandy. Flooding and wind damage proved very costly to repair, and homes were so badly damaged that some families were still left displaced. Even after adjusting for inflation, estimates ranked Sandy as the second costliest in US history.

Many communities and residents were, however, able to bounce back after the storm. An East Rockaway high school suffered nearly $10 million in damages during Sandy, but was able to repair and reopen in April of 2013. Likewise, the Long Beach Medical Center which flooded with 10 feet of water, causing $56 million in damages, was able to reopen its emergency wing in May of 2013. National Grid made improvements to its storm-response processes, and LIPA turned control of its electric grid over to PSEG which promised to better manage future storms.

The impact of Sandy has been immense and enduring, but Long Island continues to recover from its harsh winds, gradually returning to normalcy. 

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