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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and 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. , "Marine Fog Advisory, Storm Warning" ...Dense fog advisory now in effect until 6 PM EST this evening... ...Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 6 to 11 feet. * Visibility...1 nm or less this morning. 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. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one mile. Inexperienced mariners... especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,01:00 PM

Schumer's Lobbying Pays Off: Verizon to Install Fiber-Optic Cables on Fire Island

After Hurricane Sandy damaged much of the infrastructure for landline telephone service on Fire Island, Verizon proposed abandoning traditional copper connections and replacing them with wireless transmitters in a program called Voice Link.

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After Hurricane Sandy damaged much of the infrastructure for landline telephone service on Fire Island, Verizon proposed abandoning traditional copper connections and replacing them with wireless transmitters in a program called Voice Link.

Replacing the copper system, the telecommunications company argued, would involve repeatedly digging up Fire Island’s main road and “exacerbate existing infrastructure issues,” delaying the restoration of service to many customers. Those efforts, Verizon pointed out, would invariably prove in vain since “ground and seawater contamination” could destroy new lines should another storm hit.

But the implementation of Voice Link proved inadequate and unreliable, failing several times and at least once during a fire emergency. The system also made it difficult for businesses to access the internet to process credit card payments.

As a result, hundreds of Fire Island residents filed complaints with the New York Public Service Commission.

In response, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer and his staff brought customer complaints to the highest officials at Verizon. Schumer said he understood Verizon’s decision to abandon the antiquated copper connections, but that relying on wireless was not a suitable solution.

Today, after months of lobbying, Schumer announced that Verizon has agreed to install fiber-optic cables on Fire Island, bringing residents high speed internet and reliable voice service.

“Fire Island residents will now have greater access to high speed internet - a necessity in the modern age - and reliable voice service. Verizon deserves credit for listening to our concerns and changing course,” Schumer said in a press release.

“The FIA deeply appreciates the support that Western Fire Island residents received from Senator Schumer in the hard fought campaign to have Verizon restore a level of phone service that is comparable not only to what we had before Super Storm Sandy, but also to what is available to other Verizon customers across New York State,” said Suzy Goldhirsch, president of the Fire Island Association.

“By installing fiber-optic cables on the island, Verizon will not only make the system as good as it was before, it will be making it better,” said Schumer.

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[Source: Senator Charles E. Schumer]