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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

Nassau Police Warn Residents of Burglary Scams

Criminals have been portraying National Grid employees to distract residents.

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The Nassau County Police Department recently issued a statement warning residents of burglary scams that have been taking place in the area.
 
According to officials, criminals have been posing as employees from National Grid, water companies, contractors and other utility agencies. They have been approaching homes and engaging the victims in a distracting conversation. While they are able to distract residents -diverting them to a certain area of their home - an accomplice is able to enter the home and commit a robbery.
 
Police did not say how many people have been affected by this scam, or where the robberies have taken place. It is unclear if police have any leads, or how many criminals may be involved in the scam.
 
Senator Chuck Schumer has called for National Grid to change their policy when dealing with customers. Schumer has requested that National Grid provide a notice to customers via phone and/or mail at least 24 hours in advance before an employee visits a customer’s home.
 
There are other precautions you can take in order to protect yourself from being victimized by this scam.
 
  • Be sure to keep all windows and doors locked, even when you are at home.
  • Set your alarm system every time you leave your house, even if it is only for a short period of time.
  • Lock your valuables in a safe, and do not leave in obvious places such as bedrooms or kitchen counters.
  • Ask any utility worker that approaches your home for identification, all utility employees are required to have identification.
  • If you are still unsure of the employees credentials, contact the agency they claim to be from and verify that they are supposed to be working in the area.
  • Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity.
 
[Source: Nassau County Police Department]