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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.

Transitioning to College

Summer is quickly coming to a close. Many of us have students returning to college or going to college for the first time. Those students going to local commuter schools will have the challenge of ...

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Summer is quickly coming to a close. Many of us have students returning to college or going to college for the first time. Those students going to local commuter schools will have the challenge of reminding Mom and Dad that they're not going into grade 13. Going to a local college is still going to college. It's not high school. The pace, the workload and the social expectations are radically different from those of high school.

As parents of a first time college student, what is your mindset, especially if your college student is staying at home? What are your rules and social expectations? If you don't have any, you should! You're not helping your son or daughter to grow and develop into mature adults by allowing them to treat your home like a flophouse or by treating them like they're in a prison camp.

The transition from high school to college, whether a student stays home or goes away, is huge. There is no effective manual to help us in this regard. Many colleges have "The Freshman Seminar Experience," which is a class designed to help students with their transition from high school to college.

However, first time college students and their parents shouldn't wait until the first day of the semester to talk about the challenges of college life and the transition to campus living if the student is going away to school.

Parents of first time college students who are staying home and going to commuter schools should not wait until September to discuss house rules and social expectations.

College is a challenge no matter how well prepared a first year student might feel. Most high schools do an adequate job in preparing their students for the academic rigor of their college courses. They do a fair job in preparing their students with the necessary skills to survive that first year academically with reading, writing skills and critical thinking skills.

Unfortunately, they do a poor job in preparing first time college students for the emotional and social transition from the structure of high school life to the freedom of college life.

As a college professor for almost thirty years, I feel that too many bright, well intentioned college freshmen are ill equipped to navigate the challenging landscape of college life. Parents should not delude themselves that it's much easier for students who stay home then for those who go away. It is different, but not easier. The stresses are the same, but the intensity might vary.

Community, four year colleges and universities are going to treat your children as adults, whether they're ready for adulthood or not.

A parent's first rude awakening is that they will have no access to their son or daughter's academic performance or social behavior. All correspondence regarding their academic life and social life will be addressed to them. Unless they make other arrangements giving the school permission, no school will disclose any of their business.

So, if halfway through the first semester your son or daughter is failing two courses because he or she is partying too much, you will not be notified.

First semester students need to really work on time management skills. College is nothing like high school, when it comes to accountability, scheduling and doing homework.

On the first day of class, the professor gives out his or her syllabus for the course. On that first day, he or she goes over the assignments, which usually include a lot of reading, maybe a short paper or two, a midterm and a final.

After the first class, the expectation is that the student be prepared for every class with readings and written assignments handed in on time without a reminder. It is also expected that students be present for all exams without excuse or exception. Most professors don't take late assignments and don't look kindly on "I forgot." The only acceptable excuse is a documented note that there was a death in your immediate family or a doctor's note documenting you were near death!

Unfortunately, many college professors don't have an attendance policy. For freshmen, that can be disastrous, especially if the class is boring. Cutting can become contagious during one's freshman year. Urge your students to be careful. Most professors believe attendance is a student issue, but expect all students to be in attendance at all class lectures.

Social life on campus will either make or break your college freshman. Too many freshmen going away for the first time have never dealt with total freedom. The lack of accountability in some cases can be lethal.

During the first month of school, all the clubs and fraternities have social gatherings for the incoming freshman class. It's a great way to meet new friends, but can also give a false picture of college life. Caution your freshman to be careful not to overextend his or herself that first month.

No one on campus is going to monitor your son or daughter's social choices - how much they party, how many classes they cut or how much alcohol they illegally consume on a weekend.

If your son or daughter is having a hard time with the transition to college life, every college campus has a counseling center with counselors available to support your son or daughter through the rough spots. Encourage them to use that resource - that is why they're on campus.

As a parent, know the resources that are available on campus for your son or daughter. If he or she is living on campus, know the name of the dorm advisor. Know what administrator on campus is in charge of campus life, so you have a contact if you have concerns.

It would probably be a good idea to get a copy of your freshman student's handbook. Every college has one and gives it out during freshman orientation. You can probably also find it on the college's website.

The college handbook outlines the college's code of conduct for all students, its' academics, especially around failures and the protocol for academic dismissal. It contains its' policies on illegal drug and alcohol use and the consequences if a student is found in noncompliance.

Before your son or daughter takes leave for school, try to engage him or her in a conversation about college life, time management and responsible decision making. Be concrete in your concerns. Don't preach, but share honestly in a non-judgmental way. At all costs, you want to keep the lines of communication open as your college student begins a new and important chapter in his or her life. It should be a wonderful and exciting adventure!