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"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...from 15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Cold 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. * Wind impacts...scattered tree limbs and branches downed. Isolated power outages. 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 Jmc , "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 16,06:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Mourners Bid Final Farewell to Avonte Oquendo; Schumer Introduces "Avonte's Law"

Family & Parenting, School & Education, Local News, Crime, Community, Charity & Cause

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Church of Saint Joseph in Manhattan Saturday to bid final farewell to Avonte Oquendo.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Church of Saint Joseph in Manhattan Saturday to bid farewell to Avonte Oquendo, the autistic teenager who went missing more than three months ago from his Long Island City school.

The funeral mass was led by the former archbishop of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan, who, according to CBS News, called Avonte a strong, courageous young man who handled autism with immense grace and nobility.

Following an exhaustive 16-week search by the NYPD and hundreds of volunteers, the medical examiner’s office confirmed on Jan. 21, 2014 that remains found along the East River in College Point were a match for the 14-year-old severely autistic boy.

After the initial remains were uncovered, teams of police divers and investigators eventually discovered more body parts, together with clothing that matched what the teenager was wearing when he was last seen.

“The DNA has verified that indeed the remains that were found are those of Avonte,” the family’s attorney said.

Since the first day he went missing, Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, never gave up hope that her son would be found alive. Even after search efforts were scaled back, Fontaine continued with resolute determination to find out what happened to him. “I can’t give up that hope. What mom would?” she said.

Family, friends and even strangers gathered to say good-bye to the boy whose story touched so many lives.

“I think that we all feel like we’re part of this since we all saw his image for so long and we were all praying he would be found,” mourner Carolyn McCrory said.

“We in pain. We just need everybody’s help. We in pain right now. Stay with us and help us,” Avonte’s cousin Kirk Patrick implored.

Family friend Leslie Birch called Avonte an angel who God used to bring people together.

“Just love one another. It shouldn’t take a lost soul for us to come together in unity. I know he’s resting in peace,” she said.

Still without answers as to how Avonte was able to walk out of the school, the family said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

In response to the tragic loss of Avonte Oquendo, Senator Schumer has introduced legislation dubbed “Avonte’s Law,” which would create and fund a program to provide voluntary tracking devices if passed. Parents who choose to opt in to the program would be able to track children with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are at risk of “bolting” from schools and caregivers.

“The tragic end to the search for Avonte Oquendo clearly demonstrates that we need to do more to protect children with autism who are at risk of running away,” Schumer said. “Thousands of families face the awful reality each and every day that their child with autism may run away. Making voluntary tracking devices available will help put parents at ease, and most importantly, help prevent future tragedies like Avonte’s.”

Potential tracking devices include tamper-proof wristwatches and anklets as well as clips for belt loops or shoelaces, and specially designed clothing. Similar technology is already in place for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. 

[Source: CBS News, Senator Schumer]

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