Weather Alert  

"Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 1 PM EST this afternoon... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * portions of southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey, and southeast New York, including the following areas, in southern Connecticut, southern Fairfield, southern Middlesex, southern New Haven, and southern New London. In northeast New Jersey, eastern Bergen, eastern Essex, eastern Passaic, eastern Union, Hudson, western Essex, and western Union. In southeast New York, Bronx, Kings (brooklyn), New York (manhattan), northeastern Suffolk, northern Nassau, northern Queens, northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (staten island), southeastern Suffolk, southern Nassau, southern Queens, southern Westchester, and southwestern Suffolk. * Until 1 PM EST this afternoon * moderate to locally heavy rain will continue through early this afternoon. Total amounts of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches are possible, which may result in flooding of urban areas, and flashy streams. * Any fresh water flooding will be exacerbated by coastal flooding during the Sunday morning high tide. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. 554 PM EST Sat Jan 19 2019 ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from 6 am to 1 PM EST Sunday... * locations...vulnerable coastal locations along Long Island Sound, the East River, Peconic and gardiners bays. * Tidal departure...around 2 ft above astronomical tides. * Coastal flood impacts...shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Shoreline impacts...breaking waves of 2 to 4 ft will result in beach erosion with minor damage possible to dune structures along the Connecticut shoreline. * Timing...around the times of high tide Sunday morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. Bridgeport CT MLLW categories - minor 8.9 ft, moderate 10.4 ft, major 11.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.6 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.1 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.8/10.3 2.5/ 3.0 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 min-mod Stamford CT MLLW categories - minor 9.4 ft, moderate 11.0 ft, major 12.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.5 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.6/ 3.1 2.0/ 2.5 2-4 min-mod New Haven CT MLLW categories - minor 8.6 ft, moderate 9.2 ft, major 10.5 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.5 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.1/ 9.6 2.3/ 2.8 1.9/ 2.3 2-4 moderate New London CT MLLW categories - minor 5.0 ft, moderate 6.0 ft, major 7.8 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.7 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 5.2/ 5.7 2.1/ 2.6 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 minor Kings Point NY MLLW categories - minor 10.0 ft, moderate 10.5 ft, major 13.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 2.7 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.7/ 3.2 1.8/ 2.2 1-2 min-mod Piermont NY MLLW categories - minor 6.4 ft, moderate 7.4 ft, major 8.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.4 ft, moderate 3.4 ft, major 4.4 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 1.1/ 1.6 1.2/ 1.7 0 none Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.7/10.2 2.4/ 2.9 1.8/ 2.3 1-2 minor Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.3/10.8 2.3/ 2.8 1.5/ 2.0 1-2 minor Montauk NY MLLW categories - minor 4.5 ft, moderate 5.3 ft, major 7.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.0 ft, moderate 2.8 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 4.7/ 5.2 2.2/ 2.7 1.9/ 2.3 1-2 minor Riverhead NY MLLW categories - minor 5.6 ft, moderate 6.3 ft, major 7.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.3 ft, moderate 3.0 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/11 am 5.7/ 6.2 2.5/ 3.0 2.1/ 2.6 0-1 min-mod Orient Point NY MLLW categories - minor 4.7 ft, moderate 5.7 ft, major 6.7 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 3.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 2.2/ 2.7 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 minor -- Sunday Jan.20 19,08:34 AM

IRELAND HONORS NEW YORK'S "FIGHTING 69TH"

LongIsland.com

One of the most storied military units in United States history is New York's "Irish Brigade," which distinguished itself during the Civil War at places like Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. The famed volunteer unit ...

Print Email

One of the most storied military units in United States history is New York's
"Irish Brigade," which distinguished itself during the Civil War at places like Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. The famed volunteer unit eventually became the 69th Regiment, universally known as "The Fighting 69th," which achieved additional prominence through World War I and World War II, to its present-day service in Iraq.

This legendary American fighting force traces its beginnings to Ireland's County Sligo, which its first commander, Brigadier General Michael Corcoran, left for America in 1848 during the dark days of the Great Famine. This past August 22, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a delegation that included veterans of the Fighting 69th, dedicated Ireland's National Monument to the Fighting 69th Regiment in the tiny village of Ballymote, near where General Corcoran, one of the first Union Army heroes of the Civil War, was born.

The stately cylindrical shaped copper and stone monument contains reliefs of battles which Corcoran and the regiment fought in during the Civil War. There is also a tribute to another tragic episode in American history, the attack on New York's Twin Towers. Steel from the World Trade Center is incorporated at the base of the monument, through the efforts of Bronxites Kathleen and Jack Lynch, whose firefighter son, Michael, died trying to save New Yorkers on 9/11. The 69th Regiment was one of the military units called into service in response to September 11, and in the action in Iraq it has lost 19 of its members.

In describing the significance of the memorial, Mayor Bloomberg said, "No other city in the world owes so much to Ireland, and no other nation has so benefited from the bravery and valor of Irish soldiers. A monument on Irish soil honoring all those who have served in the Fighting 69th will be a fitting tribute to its members and the roots they have in that very soil."

At the dedication, Mayor Bloomberg was pictured with both the Fighting 69th's mascot, an Irish wolfhound, and an American bald eagle. While the wolfhound traveled from New York for the ceremony, the eagle actually is from the nearby Irish Raptor Research Centre, which is another must stop for visitors to Ballymote.. Also called Eagles Flying, the research centre is a scientifically managed sanctuary for eagles, hawks, vultures, owls and other birds of prey. The centre offers twice-daily shows that allow visitors to see these beautiful creatures in flight.

Other attractions in the area , both scenic and historic, include the memorable views of Ben Bulben, a huge granite mountain that dominates Sligo's seacoast, and Drumcliffe Church, the burial place of another famous figure identified with Sligo, the poet William Butler Yeats. Many of the beautiful scenes described by the poet, such as "the lake isle of Inisfree" can still be enjoyed by today's visitors to Sligo.

Ballymote can be reached by taking the N18 and then the N17 national roads north from Shannon Airport, a pleasant drive on routes that have been upgraded thanks to Ireland's recent prosperity, although driving on the left is still problematic to some Americans. On the way, visitors may also want to stop at the shrine at Knock in County Mayo, a place of pilgrimage that is known as "Ireland's Fatima."

Aer Lingus offers daily service to Shannon from JFK Airport. Call 1 -800-IRISH AIR, or log on to www.aerlingus.com. For information on places to stay, contact Tourism Ireland, at (800) 223-6470, or www.tourismireland.com. Enjoy!