Weather Alert  

"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

Sandy Victims Gather for "Stop FEMA Now' Rally in Babylon

Protesters in front of town hall are part of a nation-wide rally against higher insurance premiums.

Print Email

Victims of Hurricane Sandy gathered outside of Babylon Town Hall on Saturday as part of the nation-wide “Stop FEMA Now” rally. The protesters are responding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to raise insurance premiums for those affected by last year’s storm.

The rally began at 12 p.m. on Saturday, with people holding signs such as “homeless with a mortgage,” “where is our money?” and “stop FEMA now.” Elected officials, business owners and residents also spoke during the event.

Adopt-a-House and Sandy Support Massapequa Style co-hosted the event. FEMA is set to raise insurance premiums for homeowners by the end of the year.

"These steep unaffordable increases are not only are a blow to recovering homeowners and business owners only, but will eventually affect all of Long Island. As it is there are many families still not home due to circumstances out of their control and massive red tape,” Adopt-a-House vice president Michele Insinga told the Lindenhurst Patch.

In July 2012, the Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The act called for a change in the way that FEMA and other agencies run the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Rally organizers say that insurance rates could increase by as much as 25 percent every year due the act.

According to FEMA’s website, residents with flood insurance would see an added charge in order to collect money for a new reserve fund. “The changes will mean premium rate increases for some—but not all—policyholders over time,” the website adds.

Almost a year after the storm has hit, many Long Island homeowners and small businesses are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. Starting October 1st, owners of business properties with subsidized premiums – among others - will see a 25 percent increase in premium rates each year until premiums “reflect full risk rates,” according to FEMA.

[Source: Lindenhurst Patch]