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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory now in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and most of northeastern New Jersey...most of coastal Connecticut... western Bergen and southern Westchester counties. * Hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...from 18 to 23 degrees below zero due to temperatures around zero...and northwest winds 0 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 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 , "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 16,07:48 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Ebola Outbreak a Threat to the U.S.?

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Since March the largest Ebola outbreak in history has infected at least 1,200 people and killed more than 670 of them, including two Americans. What's ...

The fear is the Ebola virus is only a short plane ride to the U.S., but according to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans face little risk.

The deadly germ has hit several West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and has infected at least 1,200 people and killed more than 670 of them since March. Those affected include two American aid workers in Liberia.

Being the largest Ebola outbreak in history and after an incident of the virus carried to another region by plane – via a passenger who later died – worry began as to the risk the U.S. faces. A telebriefing on Monday with the CDC provided an official word as to what threat there is to the U.S, stating the likelihood of this outbreak spreading outside of West Africa is very low.

“Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population,” according to Stephan Monroe of CDC’s National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in the telebriefing.

The Ebola virus is not contagious until individuals show symptoms, including fever and vomiting. And even then, “transmission [has to be] through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.”

The virus is clearly deadly and requires an incubation period of as long as 21 day to determine if an individual has developed symptoms after contact with an infected person.

Thus far, the World Health Organization has not recommended any travel restrictions.

Action is however being taken to alert healthcare workers in the U .S. on how to isolate and test suspected patients to limit infection.

There’s no clear answer to when the Ebola outbreak will be over, but it is defined as when nobody has been diagnosed for six weeks, or 21 days.

[Source: CDC]

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