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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * 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 770 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 850 miles southwest of Montauk Point NY - 30.7N 80.1W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 13 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. 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. Locally heavy rain 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 Long Island, southern Westchester and southern Connecticut, and the New York City and New Jersey Metro areas. 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. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeast New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. 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: Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts 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: Prepare for 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. * TORNADOES: Prepare for 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.

Another Strong Week for NBA Fans, but NY Sees NFL Struggles

The Knicks and Nets went a combined 5 of 6, while the Giants played a close game and the Jets stirred up controversy.

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Jets Win Fuels Quarterback Controversy

It was inevitable that the Jets would have a quarterback quarrel this season (not to mention one so volatile it would force the retirement of Fireman Ed). If Mark Sanchez’s lackluster performance last year wasn’t reason enough, Gang Green had a fiasco on their hands the moment they traded for controversial yet beloved QB, Tim Tebow. Perhaps that is just what the organization wanted—they have been media darlings since taking on Rex Ryan as head coach and captured their fair share of attention for signing future hall of famer Brett Favre to a one year deal the season prior. It seems only appropriate then, that after 13 weeks of increasingly loquacious pleas for Tebow to replace an underperforming Sanchez that Coach Ryan would finally pull his starter from the game… a game for which Tebow was inactive with two broken ribs and thus intelligible to play.

That Sanchez was pulled from the game was not terribly surprising. To call his season mediocre would be generous; Sunday’s game was no exception. In three quarters of play against the Cardinals he went a paltry 10/21 for 97 yards, no touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in rapid succession.  104 rushing yards courtesy of Shonn Greene gave New York fans a bit of hope, but an equally dismal performance from Arizona QB Ryan Lindley (10/31 for 72 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception) is what kept the game alive.

And so it was, that with fewer than 20 minutes left in the game Greg McElroy would take the reins away from Sanchez in his NFL debut. McElroy only attempted 7 passes, but he completed 5 of them for 29 yards with no interceptions and, most importantly, a touchdown.

One touchdown—that was all the Jets would score, but it would prove sufficient for a 7-6 victory over the floundering Cardinals, pushing New York to 5-7 on the season. Thus begins a new chapter in Gang Green’s quarterback squabble. Rex Ryan will likely continue to tell the press Sanchez is “his guy,” and ESPN will not be liable to cease filling air time with talk about Tebow, but there will be new rumblings in the stands at MetLife Stadium. Cheers of “McElroy” shall be cried, however loudly, in deference to his brief moment of untainted productivity. They’ve already begun.


Giants Lose Divisional Ground

The season has been much kinder to New York’s other football team, who still sit atop their division after winning last year’s Super Bowl. Monday night, however, did not end well for them.

After trailing 3-7 to the Redskins in the first quarter, a red zone connection between Manning and Bennett combined with a second Tynes Field Goal to put them up 13-10 going into halftime. Tynes would put up another FG in the third for his final kick of the night.

Unfortunately an impressive game from Eli, who went 20/33 for 280 yards and a touchdown, combined with a 103 rushing day for Bradshaw would not prove enough to overpower Robert Griffin III for a second time this season, nor the myriad of penalties Big Blue brought upon themselves throughout the night.

Having failed to put anything on the scoreboard in the third, RG3 threw an 8 yard pass to Pierre Garcon early in the fourth to go up 17-16. Eli could not muster one of his famous fourth quarter comebacks, and the Giants saw their season slip to 7-5.

The Redskins, now 6-6, are tied with the Cowboys for second place and are only a game behind New York in the NFC East. The Eagles, who have had a QB controversy of their own this year, dropped to 3-9 in their loss to Dallas before announcing Nick Foles would take over for the injured Michael Vick for the remainder of the season.


Nets Duke it Out Against Celtics

Boston is a town accustomed to leading the pack and winning a sizeable majority of regular season games when it comes to the NBA. It is not terribly shocking then, that the Celtics (presently 9-8) were feeling a little frustrated while trailing a Nets team which has been traditionally bad in recent years.

What was shocking was the sight of Rajon Rondo attacking Kris Humphries and dragging a fight into the stands at the close of the first half. Both men were ejected from the game alongside Gerald Wallace (who had also been drawn into the scrap) which resulted from Humphries fouling Kevin Garnett. Brook Lopez would be the only one to suffer an injury, but his came in the form of an unrelated right foot sprain in the third quarter. He has not played since.

Despite the brawl, there was still a game to be played—one which resulted in a 95-83 Nets win. Joe Johnson, Andray Blatche, and Jerry Stackhouse did the heavy lifting, scoring 18, 17, and 17 respectively. The Nets and Celtics will meet again at noon on Christmas, though no promises that either team will be particularly jolly can be made.

To the delight of Brooklyn fans, however, the Nets extended their road warrior ways in a trip to Florida. Playing their third of four games against the Magic this season, the team caught fire from beyond the arc. Wallace led the way in three-pointers—of which the Nets went 11/20—en route to a 20 point game with 4 rebounds. Johnson put up 22 with 5 assists as Brooklyn demystified Orlando for the third time in November, 98-86.

The Nets would prove unable to withstand the Florida heat as they travelled to Miami. Though they led by 14 at the half, New York’s newest team would see their lead whither then die as Dwayne Wade racked up a season-high 34 points and LeBron James sunk 21. Miami would win their second of three games against Brooklyn by a score of 102-89.

The Nets, now 11-5, play the Thunder tonight at 7:30.


Knicks Start a New Streak

Having lost the first game against their new crosstown rivals, the once undefeated Knicks set out to reclaim the Atlantic division lead this week.

Their first challenge came from the Milwaukie Bucks, who were handled with ease. Though New York trailed after the first period, a 35 point second and 30 point third insured they would coast to victory. Carmelo Anthony, who sat out the entire fourth quarter, put up 29 points with 8 rebounds. Steve Novak backed him up with 19, while Tyson Chandler strung together 17 and 8 rebounds of his own in a 102-88 win.

The Knicks came home to MSG for a game against the Wizards next, but Washington would prove even less of a challenge.  New York lead every step of the way with Anthony and JR Smith both knocking down 20 in a well-rounded performance. 5 Knicks would score in the double digits, including a double-double from Chandler, as they trounced the Wizards 108-87.

The Suns proved a greater challenge when they came to town. Though Chandler had his second double-double in as many games, Anthony scored 34 points, and Felton had 23, Phoenix made the game much closer than either of the last two for the Knicks. New York came out on top in each of the first three periods, leading 89-72 after three, but would be held to only 17 in the fourth.

Fortunately for the crowd at Madison Square Garden, no Sun could break the 20 point mark which did little to help their cause. Despite a great team effort, they fell 106-99.

With that win, the Knicks now lead their division once more at a record of 12-4. They trail Miami by only half a game in the East, and face Charlotte tomorrow at 7 PM.