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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Chill Advisory...which is in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday. * Locations...Metro New York City and New Jersey and Long Island. * Hazard types...potentially dangerous windchills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...as low as 20 to 25 below due to temperatures of 5 above to 5 degrees below zero...and northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. 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. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * 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. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * 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. -- Friday Feb.12 16,01:00 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

DEC, US Army Corps of Engineers and NYC Department of Parks and Rec to Hold Open House to Discuss Construction of Project on Coney Island

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Meeting to Be Held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

New York, NY - May 30, 2014 - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) will host an Informational Open House on Tuesday, June 10 on Coney Island to explain an upcoming $35 million construction project. The primary purpose of the proposed effort is to improve the functioning of the constructed Coney Island Project, which was designed to reduce property damages due to storm surges and waves from the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Representatives from DEC, the USACE, and NYC Parks will be available at the open house to talk one-on-one with the public, and answer questions about the project and upcoming construction activities. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (Coney Island Seaside Innovative Senior Center) 3001 West 37th Street, Brooklyn, New York.
 
"This project will restore and protect the shoreline of the Sea Gate area of Coney Island, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "Governor Cuomo has been a staunch advocate to secure federal funds to help New York State become more resilient to future storm events, and this project will contribute significantly to the future resiliency of the Coney Island shoreline."
 
ACOE New York District Commander Col. Paul Owen said, "I am pleased this project will be getting underway shortly as it will help fortify the Corps' existing project and provide additional coastal storm risk reduction measures for residents of Coney Island. The Corps of Engineers is committed to working with our partners and stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels to aid in post-Sandy recovery."
 
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, said "This project is the latest example of the City's effort, in partnership with the State and Federal Governments, to address the long term shoreline protection needs for the Coney Island Peninsula."
 
Daniel Zarrilli, director of New York City's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, said, "Hurricane Sandy highlighted New York City's vulnerabilities to coastal flooding.& In response, the City and its many partners launched a $3.7 billion coastal protection plan as part of a broad resiliency agenda. This project in Sea Gate is an important piece of that comprehensive plan to strengthen the city's coastal defenses and make Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods safer and prepared for the future."
 
The project at Sea Gate is designed to prevent flanking of the West 37th Street Groin and improve the functioning of the overall Coney Island Project. A groin is a manmade structure that holds in place sand and prevents it from drifting. The Coney Island project was constructed in 1994 and 1995, and generally includes beach fill, a terminal groin at West 37th Street, and a small fillet of sand in Sea Gate. Sand has eroded more than it has accreted in Sea Gate west of the terminal groin since construction of the project. The upcoming work will address this project deficiency. It will consist of the construction of four (4) T-groins, a spur on the West 37th Street Groin and reinforcement of the Norton Point Dike and the West 37th Street Groin. The T-groin compartments will be filled with sand from the Gravesend Bay side of Sea Gate and the dredging of the Rockaway Inlet. Construction is anticipated to begin in September 2014.
 
Hurricane Sandy severely impacted Coney Island in October 2012. Sea Gate suffered much greater damage than the area fronting the Coney Island Public Beach. The storm resulted in inundation of the entire inland area at Sea Gate up to approximately four to five feet above ground. Storm waves induced run-up, overtopping, overwash, and damage to waterfront structures, including the residential buildings, roads and other infrastructure. In addition, beach erosion caused the shoreline to retreat and the lowering of berm elevations, as well as heavy damage to shoreline bulkheads. There was also extensive flooding at Sea Gate from the bayside through Gravesend Bay and Coney Island Creek.
 
The Coney Island Project was constructed in 1994 and 1995. During Hurricane Sandy, storm surge and waves crested the design height at the Public Beach, causing shoreline retreat and lowering of the berm, but did not result in complete inundation. The majority of the buildings behind the public beach were protected from wave and erosion impacts, although there was damage to the boardwalk.
 
Coastal storm risk management projects are designed to strengthen resiliency to reduce potential damages communities may suffer during severe storms and flooding. Beachfill projects reduce coastal storm damages, as was demonstrated at the Coney Island Public Beach, and engineered beaches can prevent or reduce potential impacts, enhancing post-storm community resilience.
 
Construction will be funded 100 percent by the USACE under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill).

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