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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 Broome Chemung Columbia Delaware Dutchess Greene Kings Nassau New York Orange Putnam Queens Richmond Rockland Schuyler Steuben Suffolk Sullivan Tioga Tompkins 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. , "Special Statement, Air Quality Alert" ...A line of strong thunderstorms will affect Nassau...western Suffolk...Kings...Queens...New York and Bronx counties... At 344 PM EDT...radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Darien to near Rye to near New Rochelle to Co-op City to Harlem. Movement was southeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms. These storms will be near...Glen Cove...Bayville and Sands Point around 355 PM EDT. Port Washington...Bayside and Whitestone around 400 PM EDT. Oyster Bay...Great Neck...Flushing and Manhasset around 405 PM EDT. Huntington...Northport...Brookville...Little Neck...Forest Hills... Centerport and Clearview expressway around 410 PM EDT. Syosset...Huntington Station...Ozone Park and Cold Spring Harbor around 415 PM EDT. Mineola...Westbury...Jamaica...Woodbury...Elmont...Howard Beach and Canarsie around 420 PM EDT. Garden City...Commack...Plainview and Hicksville around 425 PM EDT. Valley Stream...Lynbrook...Kennedy Airport...Smithtown...Hempstead... Melville and Dix Hills around 430 PM EDT. Other locations impacted by these storms include West Hempstead... Thomaston...Jericho Turnpike...West Islip...Washington Heights... Islandia...East Meadow...Herricks...East Northport and Huntington Bay. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for southern Connecticut...northeastern New Jersey...and southeastern New York. Lat...Lon 4078 7400 4091 7392 4088 7379 4104 7359 4090 7349 4102 7356 4096 7350 4103 7356 4104 7355 4099 7348 4112 7341 4096 7339 4093 7317 4074 7295 4065 7337 4066 7313 4062 7323 4056 7386 time...Mot...loc 1944z 325deg 18kt 4102 7343 4093 7364 4090 7374 4086 7383 4084 7393 Dw 345 PM EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...A line of strong thunderstorms will affect Nassau...western Suffolk...Kings...Queens...New York and Bronx counties... At 344 PM EDT...radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Darien to near Rye to near New Rochelle to Co-op City to Harlem. Movement was southeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms. These storms will be near...Glen Cove...Bayville and Sands Point around 355 PM EDT. Port Washington...Bayside and Whitestone around 400 PM EDT. Oyster Bay...Great Neck...Flushing and Manhasset around 405 PM EDT. Huntington...Northport...Brookville...Little Neck...Forest Hills... Centerport and Clearview expressway around 410 PM EDT. Syosset...Huntington Station...Ozone Park and Cold Spring Harbor around 415 PM EDT. Mineola...Westbury...Jamaica...Woodbury...Elmont...Howard Beach and Canarsie around 420 PM EDT. Garden City...Commack...Plainview and Hicksville around 425 PM EDT. Valley Stream...Lynbrook...Kennedy Airport...Smithtown...Hempstead... Melville and Dix Hills around 430 PM EDT. Other locations impacted by these storms include West Hempstead... Thomaston...Jericho Turnpike...West Islip...Washington Heights... Islandia...East Meadow...Herricks...East Northport and Huntington Bay. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for southern Connecticut...northeastern New Jersey...and southeastern New York. Lat...Lon 4078 7400 4091 7392 4088 7379 4104 7359 4090 7349 4102 7356 4096 7350 4103 7356 4104 7355 4099 7348 4112 7341 4096 7339 4093 7317 4074 7295 4065 7337 4066 7313 4062 7323 4056 7386 time...Mot...loc 1944z 325deg 18kt 4102 7343 4093 7364 4090 7374 4086 7383 4084 7393 Dw 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. 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 16,04:00 PM

Warning: Latest Phone Scam on LIPA Customers

Don't fall prey to the latest phone scam on LIPA customers. Find out what to look for here!

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A new phone scam has hit many customers of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in recent days, warns the utility company.

Targeted customers would receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from LIPA requesting payment on past-due balances.

The customer would be threatened that service will be shut off if payment is not made. The caller would request for the customer to purchase a Green Dot Money Pak or pre-paid card to make the payment since LIPA currently does not accept credit or debit card payments.

Some other customers have also received phone scams where they are informed that they may have a faulty meter that is dangerous and in need of replacing for a substantial fee.

LIPA has issued a warning that customers should not give out any confidential information. While LIPA does contact customers with past due payment over the phone, direct payment is never requested over the telephone. In addition, electric meters are the property of LIPA. It is not a customer-owned equipment.

LIPA customers who believe they have been a target of such phone scams and who have billing questions may contact the LIPA Customer Contact Center at (800) 490-0025 or (631) 755-6000.

Additional precautions customers can take to avoid identity theft and fraud include not providing Social Security, credit card, or bank account information over the telephone unless there is confidence and certainty of whom the individual on the other end is. For absolute certainty, hang up and dial the customer service number on the utility bill directly.

Scams can also occur physically. Don’t allow anyone into your home unless it is a scheduled appointment or you have reported the problem to the utility company and the individual can provide proper identification.

Many customers may feel pressure to comply with immediate requests for fear of service shutdown during the cold weather, but it is important to always think safety first, according to tips from the Better Business Bureau.

[Source: LIPA]