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"Severe Thunderstorm Watch" Severe Thunderstorm Watch 415 remains in effect until 800 PM EDT NY . New York counties included are Bronx Columbia Dutchess Greene Kings Nassau New York Orange Putnam Queens Richmond Rockland Suffolk Sullivan Ulster Westchester , "Heat Advisory" ...Heat advisory remains in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening... * heat index values...around 100 due to temperatures around 90 and dewpoints in the lower 70s. * Timing...highest heat indices late this afternoon. * Impacts...the combination of the heat and humidity will increase the risk for heat related health issues...especially for the elderly...those with chronic health problems such as lung and heart disease...those working outdoors...and other heat sensitive groups of people. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours. To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1. , "Air Quality Alert" ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Monday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following areas... New York City...all of Long Island...and Westchester and Rockland counties. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1053 am EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Monday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following areas... New York City...all of Long Island...and Westchester and Rockland counties. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. -- Monday Jul.25 16,05:48 PM

Governor Cuomo Requests Federal Technical Assistance to Assess Damages From the Recent Record Rainfall and Flash Flooding in Suffolk County

The assessment would be used to formally request assistance and low-interest disaster assistance loans from the Federal government.

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Albany, NY - August 18, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the New York State Division of Homeland Security to request a total damage assessment from the Federal government for Suffolk County and adjacent jurisdictions after record-breaking rainfall and flooding caused serious damage and destruction in communities across Suffolk County located in the Long Island Region of New York State. The assessment would be used to formally request assistance and low-interest disaster assistance loans from the Federal government to repair and strengthen property that was damaged in the storm.
 
“Today, I am requesting that the Federal government begin the process for considering additional aid for Long Islanders impacted by last week’s record rainfall,” Governor Cuomo said. “State and local officials will continue to work around the clock and explore every option for providing additional help to Long Island in the aftermath of this extreme weather. We look forward to working with our Federal partners to help those affected by this storm get the relief they need.”
 
The National Weather Service reported that the 24-hour precipitation record in New York State was broken in Islip, Long Island on August 13, 2014. The total 24 hour rainfall amount was 13.5 inches, which breaks the previous State record that occurred in Tannersville, NY during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The heaviest rainfall occurred between midnight through 10:30 a.m. August 13th. More than 6,200 homes and business were without power and more than 1,000 homes sustained property damage from torrential rains and flooding. Many motorists became stranded when the flash floods rendered several major highways impassable.
 
Governor Cuomo activated the State Emergency Operations Center on August 13th and several State agencies deployed crews and equipment to help communities respond to and recover from the storm. Local States of Emergency were declared in Suffolk County and the Towns of Babylon, Brookhaven and Islip.
 
DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, "I believe that these impacts may warrant Federal assistance and we will continue to coordinate efforts with our Federal and local partners to define the total impact from this storm to determine what aid could be available to Suffolk County, its residents and any neighboring jurisdictions."
 
The results of these assessments could make Federal funding available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms. These assessments will also determine if low-interest disaster assistance loans will be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to individuals and businesses.