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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, 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, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 240 miles south of New York City NY or about 300 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 37.4N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 50 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 10 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay, located just east of the southern Delmarva Peninsula, will move northward along the coast towards the area today, making landfall near the New York City area tonight. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions today into tonight. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * WIND: Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * 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. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents are likely for all people entering the surf zone. Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Localized minor flooding, inundation of 1 ft or less, along vulnerable coastal and shoreline locales of the Great South Bay of Long Island and Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ Harbor, Coastal CT, Coastal Westchester, and Gardiners Bay during times of high tide this afternoon into tonight.


Says 911 Emergency System Performed Poorly, City's Failure to Declare Snow Emergency Contributed to Death of 56-Year-Old Woman

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MINEOLA, NY - Attorneys John Dalli and Salvatore Marino of Dalli & Marino, LLP announced today that they will file a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the City of New York on behalf of the family of a Brooklyn woman who died as a result of negligence by multiple city agencies in conjunction with the December 26-27 snowstorm. The firm says her death was caused by an inefficient 911 emergency system and the city's refusal to declare a snow emergency, despite the fact that the city was hit with more than two feet of snow that clogged roadways and caused traffic problems.

On December 27, 2010, Lillie Cockburn, a 56-year-old woman, was found semi-conscious and lying on the floor in her Brooklyn apartment on Tompkins Avenue by her son Jason. Jason helped her back into bed and called 911 for an ambulance. The 911 operator who answered said she would send an ambulance.

Jason gave his mother some fluids to drink and then went outside to shovel a path to the street for the ambulance crew and waited for the ambulance.

The ambulance never arrived and the family called 911 again, but the line was busy. They also called all the local taxi companies, which told them that no cabs were available.

Jason left his mother with the other household residents and went outside to try to find help or a taxi cab to get her to the hospital. He spotted a fire truck at the intersection of Tompkins Avenue and Lafayette Avenue. He ran to the fire truck and explained to the firefighters what had happened to his mother. One of the firefighters directed him to an EMS vehicle that was a block away. Jason found the EMS vehicle but the operator of the vehicle told him he could not help him and told him to call 911 again.

Jason ran back to the house and repeatedly called 911 but could not get through. An ambulance never arrived. At approximately 1 p.m. a family member with a car arrived and took Lillie to Interfaith Hospital. By the time she arrived at the hospital, Lillie had extremely low blood pressure and a faint pulse. Despite the doctors' best efforts, Lillie died. According to the family, hospital personnel told them that they could have saved her life if she arrived earlier.

Adding insult to injury, an unidentified New York City police officer called the family later that evening and asked if they had requested an ambulance earlier in the day. Jason told the police officer that he called an ambulance for his mother but no ambulance ever came and his mother died. The policeman said, "Oh" and hung up.

This is the second lawsuit that the city is facing because of its negligence and inaction during the snowstorm. The family of a 75-year-old woman is seeking $20 million in damages when the woman, Yvonne Freeman, died of a heart attack while her family waited three hours for an ambulance. Her daughter Laura tried for almost 45 minutes before reaching a 911 emergency operator.

"The city's 911 emergency system failed miserably and was not properly maintained during what was a major snowstorm," Mr. Dalli said. "In addition, the city failed to declare a snow emergency, resulting in blocked streets and gridlock, which could have been prevented."

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About Dalli & Marino, LLP
Dalli & Marino, LLP is a full-service trial law firm concentrating in personal injury law including construction accidents, medical malpractice, automobile accidents and wrongful death claims. The firm has a concentration in nursing home litigation in which their clients have been victims of abuse at a nursing home, which may include failing to properly administer medication; physical, sexual and mental abuse; bedsores; falls; and malnutrition. The firm has offices in Mineola, New York and in Manhattan. For more information, call (516) 292-4700 or visit