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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: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 910 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 980 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 28.5N 79.8W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North-northwest or 345 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the East-Central Florida coast will continue to move to the north-northwest, then turn due north late tonight. It will continue to move north on Monday along the Southeastern US Coast. Isaias will then weaken slowly as it accelerates and curves northeast over the Carolinas Tuesday morning, then over our area by Tuesday evening. Confidence is increasing with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system are locally 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 likely, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heavy rain is most likely to occur across western parts of the area from late Monday night through Tuesday night, and eastern sections Tuesday into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across coastal sections late in the day Tuesday into Tuesday evening. 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 then expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for 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: Prepare for 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. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - Localized inundation of 1 to 2 feet with locally up to 3 feet possible with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - 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: Prepare for 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.

Suffolk Community College Partners in Training Program for Vets

Last month, Congressman Steve Israel visited Suffolk Community College's Brentwood manufacturing lab to announce new legislation that provides for skill training and job placement for veterans returning from Iraq and Afgahnistan.

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Last month, Congressman Steve Israel visited Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood manufacturing lab to announce new legislation that provides for skill training and job placement for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Revamping the Education of our Veterans to Align Manufacturing through Partnerships with Community Colleges (REVAMP Act) provides for an analysis of the needs of local manufacturing companies and the positions they have been unable to fill, together with the development by community colleges of curricula specifically designed to prepare veterans with the education and skills needed to fill those positions.

Working in collaboration with the local Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, community colleges will target local post-9/11 veterans and GI Bill recipients to enroll them in certificate or degree programs, ranging from 24 weeks to two years. After they have completed their studies, the vets will be referred directly to companies in need of their new skills.

Veterans who received an honorable discharge can use their GI Bill benefits to pay for the training, and businesses that hire veterans may be eligible to receive a tax credit under the Wounded Warriors and Returning Heroes Tax Credits legislation that President Obama signed into law this past November.

Pointing out that returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan face one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation—13.1 percent—and that according to a recent Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte report, manufacturing companies in the U.S. need to fill approximately 600,000 vacancies, Rep. Israel called the new legislation “a win-win solution.” He said that it will provide returning veterans “with a unique skill set that will lead to jobs or apprenticeships while also providing manufacturing companies with the highly-skilled employees they need to stay competitive.”

“Community colleges, like Suffolk, have been instrumental partners when it comes to providing training and career advancement to our returning veterans”, Israel continued. “I look forward to working with them on this program.”

Suffolk Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, who was also on hand when Israel announced the new legislation, said “We are eager to provide our returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with specialized training so they can help fill vacancies in local manufacturing companies. I can’t think of a better way to use our resources than to train those who have given so much for our country so they can find good jobs.”

Suffolk Community College is a member college of SOC, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, an association of approximately 1900 colleges and universities that ensures service members are given sufficient educational opportunities. SCCC has a long history of assisting veterans to maximize their benefits, make a successful transition to college life and work and achieve their educational goals.

The college’s student life services afford student veterans many opportunities for involvement in, among others, student activities and governance, athletics and the arts. Counseling and advising services help vets explore various programs of study, and career services help them navigate professional options. Through its disability services, SCCC works to minimize physical, psychological and learning obstacles of its student veterans.

In addition, each of the college’s campuses—Ammerman, Grant and Eastern—offers a Service to Veterans Team to help with admissions, financial aid and registration.

SCCC also has scores of veteran’s groups and clubs that meet at the Ammerman campus designed to bring student/veterans together to support each other through the transition from military to academic life. All academic, financial and social issues affecting student/veteran success in college are open for discussion, support and advocacy.

To learn more about SCCC’s student veteran services, visit the college’s website, and to learn more about how Rep. Israel is working on behalf of New York veterans, click here.