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*TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST* This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut ***TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST*** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Orange and Putnam - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * STORM INFORMATION: - About 830 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 900 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 29.7N 79.9W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 355 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, coastal Connecticut, and the New York City Metro. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * SURGE: Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - There is potential for widespread minor to locally moderate coastal flooding across the Lower New York Harbor and South Shore Back Bays, with localized minor flooding impacts elsewhere. - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

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Leetch's Number Retired; Graves Next How fitting was it that the New York Rangers won a thrilling overtime game on the same evening that Brian Leetch's number two was raised to the Madison Square Garden ...

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Leetch's Number Retired; Graves Next

How fitting was it that the New York Rangers won a thrilling overtime game on the same evening that Brian Leetch's number two was raised to the Madison Square Garden rafters. The former Blueshirts' captain had his moment and will be followed next season by Adam Graves, who were teammates on the 1994 Stanley Cup championship team.

In the Rangers long and illustrious history, there have been only four previous numbers retired (Mark Messier, Mike Richter, Ed Giacomin and Rod Gilbert). During the ceremony on Thursday evening, the fans packed the arena 90 minutes before face-off to honor Leetch, and the formal announcement that Graves' number nine would be the sixth retired by the organization was an added surprise.

"Adam Graves is quite simply one of the most beloved players to ever don a New York Rangers sweater," said general manager Glen Sather. "Off the ice, there is quite simply no finer person. His effort and production as a hockey player was nothing short of triumphant and, even today, his dedication to the community is incomparable."

Graves should expect a similar reaction from the fans, who gave Leetch a long standing ovation while chanting his name over and over. Sam Rosen, the great play-by-play announcer for the team, introduced the defenseman, who said, "This is an amazing event, and I thank everyone for being a part of this. I am honored to be here tonight."

One of the most popular players of this era, Leetch won the Calder Trophy for his Rookie of the Year performance (1988-89), the Norris Trophy (1991-92 and 1996-97) and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the 1994 playoffs. That is in addition to the Stanley Cup that same year.

Many of Leetch's friends and former teammates were in attendance, including Graves. Mark Messier, who was also a former Rangers captain, called Leetch the "greatest Ranger ever," was also part of the ceremony, as were Brian Mullen, Ron Greschner and Jeff Beukeboom.

Even with his number retired, it is difficult to state how much Leetch meant to the Rangers. A former first round selection (ninth overall) in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, the Corpus Christi, Texas native scored 23 goals and had 48 assists in his first full season on Broadway. He spent 17 seasons in New York and was instrumental in the postseason. Leetch scored 11 goals and had 23 assists in the 1993-94 playoffs, as well as a +19.

Once Leetch left the Rangers he played one season each in Toronto and Boston before contemplating a return to New York, which did not culminate. Shortly thereafter, he announced his official retirement and it was only a matter of time before he would be honored in the arena that he once ruled.

For his career, Leetch scored 247 goals, had 781 assists (1,028 points) and a +25. That includes 111 power play goals and 38 game-winners.

His parting remark during the ceremony summed it all up when Leetch reflected on his only game at the Garden as a visiting player.

"You made sure you knew I was home, and I thank you for that," Leetch said.

Brian, the thanks are all yours.