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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... ...Dense fog advisory is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a High Wind Warning...which is in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday. The dense fog advisory has been cancelled. The high wind watch is no longer in effect. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. The strongest winds are expected across Long Island...and especially in areas with eastern exposure. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and 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" The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. 911 am EST sun Jan 22 2017 The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,11:00 AM

Senator Schumer Urges FEMA Deliver $100 Million Reimbursement to Long Beach Medical Center

Without an Advisory Opinion from FEMA, the hospital would have no way of opening its doors to the public.

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The Long Beach Medical Center has been closed for more than a year due to the massive damage it sustained during Hurricane Sandy. On Monday, Senator Charles Schumer launched an effort to secure $100 million in federal funds for the hospital’s next operator. The hospital is owed the money but that aid is non-transferrable to a new ownership group if LBMC’s current one declares bankruptcy and sells it. The only way to transfer the money in this situation would be for FEMA to issue a positive Advisory Opinion. If this positive Advisory Opinion is given, the LBMC can work a deal with the South Nassau Communities Hospital, and they can build a no free-standing 24-hour 911 emergency department.
 
Senator Schumer has since made it his goal to reach FEMA in hopes they promptly issue the hospital’s much needed statement.
 
“Up to 100 million dollars and the health of the Long Beach community is hanging in the balance here,” said Schumer.  “A positive ruling from FEMA will allow Sandy aid to flow to the medical center in the way congress intended, which can clear the way for new not-for-profit ownership that will re-establish sorely needed medical operations at the facility.”
 
Schumer says the LBMC will have a hard time opening without FEMA’s consent since new owners will need to know when the $100 million will be available.  The financial road block is the result of a Sandy bill that Schumer wrote which gives FEMA the ability to issue the Advisory Opinion. He has made it clear that only not-for-profit hospitals should be eligible for these funds so they can service their community. 
 
“We are so close to bringing critical healthcare services back to thousands of people in Long Beach and South Nassau who have been without it since Hurricane Sandy,” Schumer continued in his statement. “We need to make sure we are making the funds that LBMC is owed available to the next not-for-profit owner.”
 
Senator Schumer has attempted to reach FEMA by sending an open letter to FEMA Administrator W. Craig Furgate. In the letter, the Senator says a merger between the Long Beach Medical Center and Nassau Communities Hospital would coordinate a network of healthcare services which includes a freestanding emergency department, ambulatory surgery facility, urgent care, primary care, an imaging center, and other outpatient units. Without the $100 million in FEMA reimbursement, Schumer warns, “No asset purchase agreement can move forward because it offers no clarity on the final financial terms of any merger.”
 
[Source: Senator Charles Schumer]