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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

Endless Snowfall Creating Endless Problems - Traffic Accidents, LIRR Crash, Flight Cancellations & Transit Delays

The snow is coming down faster than plows can clear the roads, causing dangerous conditions for drivers that has even led to an LIRR train colliding with an unauthorized car that ended up on the ...

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Winter Storm Pax has unleashed its fury on commuters, causing for treacherous travel for all. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather statement, saying that travel should be limited to emergencies only.  The Winter Storm Warning will continue through Thursday into Friday morning, so conditions will continue to be dangerous with heavy snow and sleet, and later a mix of rain.  Conditions have already led to dozens of accidents, and a serious accident in which a LIRR train on the Port Jefferson line collided with an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks in Greenlawn. If you must head out, use our transit guide to figure out which routes to take and which services are running on this snowy Thursday:

Driving Conditions
Dozens of traffic incidents have already occurred this morning, as plow trucks are having trouble keeping up with the snow, which is coming down at a rate of about 1-2 inches per hour.  Visibility for drivers is down to a quarter mile or less at times, which is slowing traffic down immensely.  Icy conditions are also affecting some areas.  For the latest on traffic, check out the Traffic Center for maps of accidents and driving conditions.

Long Island Rail Road
This morning, the 7:35 a.m. train from Port Jefferson struck an unauthorized vehicle on the train tracks in Greenlawn.  The collision caused massive delays and service changes for the Port Jefferson line, as train service in both directions between Port Jefferson and Huntington was suspended.  Residual delays of about 30 minutes are expected for the rest of the day for trains on the Port Jeff line. The 8:34AM train from Port Jefferson – the train behind the one that hit the vehicle – was also canceled, causing more frenzy for commuters.

According to police, it appeared that the vehicle was unoccupied, leading many to assume that the car got stuck on the tracks in the snow and was abandoned.

The heavy snow accumulation is also causing delays on the Hempstead, Port Washington, and Ronkonkoma lines. Less significant delays of 10-15 minutes are expected to occur on all other lines, so commuters are advised to plan accordingly.

Also, the MTA announced that some LIRR ticket machines are having processing problems due to the cold temperatures.  To make it easier for commuters, the MTA said riders can just pay onboard, and ticket collectors on trains will charge the lower station fare.

MacArthur Airport
Southwest Airlines have suspended service until 1:55 p.m. Thursday, and there are multiple flight cancellations on the U.S. Airways Express and PenAir airlines.  Travelers are advised to contact their airline for the most updated flight information.

Long Island Buses
Significant delays and potential detours are expected for the Suffolk County buses and Nassau County NICE buses. The NICE bus line announced that these delays and detours will particularly affect travel on the North Shore.

For the most up to date weather information, visit the Weather Center to find the latest weather forecasts, advisories, and more.

[Source: LIRR Facebook Page, NWS]

Featured Photo: A car is buried under at least six inches of snow. Photo take at 10 AM, February 13th, 2014 in Kings Park.

Gallery Image: A Traffic Map detailing delays on local roadways, as of 10:30 AM, February 13th, 2014.