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ISAIAS MOVING OVER SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **ISAIAS MOVING OVER SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * 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 Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, 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 540 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 620 miles southwest of Montauk Point NY - 33.8N 78.5W - Storm Intensity 85 mph - Movement North-northeast or 20 degrees at 22 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Hurricane Isaias, located off the coast of North Carolina, will continue to move to north-northeast tonight along the coast. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. 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. Additionally, a few tornadoes are possible. Locally heavy rainfall 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 New York City Metro, Long Island, northeast New Jersey, southern portions of the Lower Hudson Valley, and southeast Connecticut. 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 New Jersey, New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley, and portions of southeastern Connecticut. 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 in this area 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: - Localized inundation 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. Elsewhere across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut, little to no impact is anticipated. * 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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Build Your Grip, Enhance your Confidence! All the women in the beauty salon were aghast when I proclaimed that I couldn't have long fingernails because it gets in the way of making a good fist. ...

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Build Your Grip, Enhance your Confidence!

All the women in the beauty salon were aghast when I proclaimed that I couldn't have long fingernails because it gets in the way of making a good fist. After all, I have my priorities! Besides, how could I practice catching my iron palm bag with long fingernails?

While long fingernails may be considered sexy by some, having shorter fingernails is much more practical. Besides not having to worry about getting your fingernails caught on something and ripped off your finger in a fight or on a fence, keeping short fingernails enables you to have more options when it comes to gripping. It is definitely harder to control or influence an opponent if your fingernails get ripped off to the nail bed, or you're worried about that happening. Having good grip strength is an especially important skill for persons who carry a gun.

Improving hand and grip strength also enhances confidence, which makes you a much less likely target to begin with.

Women have some general cultural and physical disadvantages here, but they are pretty easy to overcome, and with practice, you can see VERY quick improvement. If you want to see the cultural disadvantage, watch a woman pick up a soda or beer bottle, and watch a man pick up the same bottle. Women generally use their finger tips to hold it, while men use their whole hand. Multiply this over the years of "training" since infancy, and you'll see one way that this disparity occurs.

The obvious physical disadvantages include smaller fingers, hands and arms, as well as smaller primary muscles. While having generally smaller limbs and digits can't be changed, strengthening and conditioning can still make a huge difference, especially for the littler, secondary muscles, which when properly coordinated can somewhat compensate for size. Once women recognize this and begin working on building their grip strength, they can make rapid gains.

But grip strength problems are not just limited to women, and there are many effective and fun exercises that can be used by both men and women to improve their grip. Here are some I have used, and found beneficial.

One of the favorites of Modern Warrior students is the Iron Palm Bag. This is a stop sign shaped bag, made of red canvas, which is filled with either lead or steel shot. (Remember if you use lead, you need to use all the standard precautions, including avoiding eating, smoking or handling children until after you wash hands thoroughly with cold water.)

The grippers that you purchase in a sporting goods store can be used effectively to supplement this training, although the best gripper (in this author's opinion) is the "Captains of Crush." There are five levels to these grippers, and the average person can't close the first level - the Trainer. The level one is tough for most weight lifters. This tool is awesome, and I highly recommend it.

Like other exercises, you want to start off slow, and build. The manufacturer of this tool recommends training with it only once or twice a week - like doing heavy squats!!

I've used Exercise Balls effectively in the past. This is a single pair of steel or jade balls which you manipulate in your hands in different directions to build the secondary muscles. It's excellent for building dexterity.

Power putty, is a convenient grip and finger strength builder which I've used in the past. Also used as a rehabilitation tool, it comes in varying strengths so that you can choose the consistency you need for maximum resistance at your level of conditioning.

Another toy I've found to work on grip strength is called Eagle Loops, and this is used for practicing pull-ups and chin-ups from hanging bars but here's the catch: you just use the grip strength of your fingers. This is one of my favorites, and along with the Iron Palm Bag, I plan to be using this for a long time to come.

If you want to work on building your grip without having to purchase any gadgets, here are a few that you might try:

1. Dynamic Tension Exercises. Stand at attention with your knees relaxed and your hands at your side. Using isometric tension (fighting yourself, as if you were trying to make your movements with your hands stuck in taffy) slowly squeeze your fingers into a tight fist.

2. Squeeze a tennis ball. Some people will keep one in their car, and use it while they drive to and from work. I use the dynamic tension exercise when I'm driving long distances and it helps keep me awake, but many people like the tennis ball idea. Also fun - the snowball. This is a black colored, rubber covered gripper which feels like you're compressing an icy snowball. It's very cool, but costs a few more dollars than a tennis ball.

3. For the least expensive option, and one that can help rid your desk of all sorts of unnecessary forms, paperwork, miscellaneous scrap paper: take a sheet of paper, hold it by the corner, and then crumple it up in your hand until the whole sheet is crumpled. Believe it or not, this really does work.

With all these different options, and a little creativity, ANYONE can build their grip strength. Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If anyone would like further information on these exercises or the equipment, please call or email the author: 1-888- M-WARRIOR or

Copyright 04/06

(For easy to follow info on training with pull-ups and chin-ups, see and click on the Pull-up Article, written by Trainer Jen Haas.)