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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.

True Heroes

Every so often we are blessed with an opportunity that not only touches our hearts, but our souls as well. I have been blessed with such a moment. On Saturday, October 20, 2001, on a ...

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Every so often we are blessed with an opportunity that not only touches our hearts, but our souls as well. I have been blessed with such a moment. On Saturday, October 20, 2001, on a beautiful fall day, I gathered with over a thousand people at the Church of St. Louis de Montfort. We gathered to remember and to celebrate the life of a real hero, Lt. Peter Charles Martin of Rescue Company #2 in New York City.

Lt. Martin is a real hero, not because he gave his life in the service of others, not because he was cited many times for bravery and courage throughout his twenty-two years in the fire service, but rather because of how he lived his life. Peter was a firefighter through and through. He truly loved his career, so much so that he taught others about fire fighting with passion and zeal.

However, he was a husband to his soul mate, Alice and a father to his three boys, Daniel, James and John. This is an extraordinary family. They share a bond that is inspirational. They were and are an enfleshment of what family life is supposed to be. Even with all the rigors of fire service, Peter made Alice and his boys his top priority. He played ball with them and was involved in scouting. He loved his wife's cranberry bread. (He would eat at least two loaves of that bread a week. He used to call it "cranberry love.") They did everything together as a family.

Peter Martin was the enfleshment of what real heroism is supposed to be about. He was selfless at his job and in his personal life. People always came first and his own interests last.

His family was the center of his universe. Alice, his wife, was his best friend. They truly had a heartwarming relationship. They laughed every day. Their whole life was centered around each other, their boys and their God. Peter worked two jobs so that Alice could be a stay at home Mom. He loved to get home early to put the boys to bed and tell them stories and sing them songs. Their life together up until September 11, 2001 was near perfect.

Now Alice must continue the journey alone. She must raise her boys without the physical presence and support of her husband Peter. What is amazing about this family is their profound faith. Alice is confident that although it will be difficult, Peter's help from up above will see them through. Her courage these past weeks has been more than heroic. She has been an exceptional pillar of strength for so many. This strength was further evidenced by her presence at Peter's memorial service.

At the end of the service, after representatives from the Mayor and Governor's offices had spoken, Alice was introduced to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. This little woman stood very tall among the thousand plus who had gathered in her husband's name.

As she stood before us, she spoke with an eloquence and peace that few good public speakers can muster. She began her very brief but powerful remarks with words of gratitude to all who had gathered. Then she shared a little story about she and Peter that opened our hearts to better understand the man we had gathered to remember.

Alice shared a story that occurred shortly after they were married of a Christmas gathering where nice gifts were exchanged, especially nice clothes. The next morning Alice got up and went about her Sunday tasks. Later that morning, Peter got up and was dressed up in one of the new sweaters he had received the night before. Alice asked him why he was so dressed up, when this Sunday was nothing special. He suggested that Alice should go upstairs and change into one of her new sweaters. She smiled and went up to change. When she came down, Peter acknowledged how great she looked and said that every day is a special occasion and that we should live life in that way.

Alice shared that, said thank you and went to sit down to a thunderous standing ovation.

The real heroes among us are those countless men and women who are mothers and fathers who must courageously continue the journey without a spouse. They must try to lead their children by example to go beyond all the violence and sadness. These men and women are very prophetic in the way they are choosing to live. They are calling us to the truth. They are living heroic courage.

As I sat among those thousand mourners on that beautiful fall Saturday in late October, I realized how really fragile life is, how we are mortal and vulnerable, how temporary life really is and how we really need each other.

Hopefully this renewed sense of compassion and concern for others is not temporary, but rather long lasting. The events of September 11th have forever changed us.

Thanks to ordinary men and women like Lt. Peter Martin, the world is a little richer and brighter. Their extraordinary courage and compassion have made our world a better place. They should empower us to look at life differently.

Alice Martin shared so eloquently on that fall Saturday afternoon the words of her husband Peter, "every day should be lived as a special occasion."