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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.

LIVE-BRARY.COM ADDS USER-FRIENDLY GENEALOGY DATABASES

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56 local public libraries of Suffolk County, NY will offer four new databases for historical and genealogical research.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, attention turns to our national, local and family histories. Just in time, Live-brary.com - the digital branch of the 56 local public libraries of Suffolk County, NY - offers four new databases for historical and genealogical research. These include: New York Amsterdam News, Footnote, World Vital Records, and Heritage Quest. Each database is highlighted along the bottom of the Live-brary.com homepage and found in the menu tab, Research: Biography & Genealogy.

Exploring the past has always been a means for better understanding ourselves, said Kevin Verbesey, director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) that oversees Live-brary.com. And, now, Suffolk County public library cardholders can immediately go online to Live-brary.com and avail themselves of all these new terrific research tools... for free.

World Vital Records links to birth, marriage, death, military, census, and parish records online and Footnote provides a database of history and genealogy archives with social networking and interactive features. Heritage Quest combines searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI ® Genealogy and the Local History book collection. The database of New York Amsterdam News, one of the nation's leading black newspapers published from 1922 to 1993, is an important New York genealogy resource.

According to Diane Eidelman, Administrator for Member Services at SCLS, baby boomers and retirees are particularly keen about the availability of this information for researching and sharing family history. Television programs such as Who Do You Think You Are? and Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. have stimulated interest in genealogy, and the ready online access to these databases makes doing research manageable and fun!

About Live-brary.com
In 2010, the local public libraries of Suffolk County came together to launch the digital branch, Live-brary.com, to provide the county's one million patrons a selection of free online resources including live homework help and downloadable eBooks, audio books, movies and music.