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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM EDT SATURDAY * WHAT...For the Coastal Flood Advisory Saturday morning, up to one and a half foot of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northeastern Suffolk and Southeastern Suffolk Counties. * WHEN...For the Coastal Flood Advisory, from 4 AM to 10 AM EDT Saturday. Localized minor coastal flooding from 8 PM to 11 PM EDT this evening. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect up to 1 1/2 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...Along the ocean beach front and Orient Point, breaking waves of 5 to 8 ft will result in scattered areas of dune erosion, with wave splashover onto shoreline roads and properties possible during the times of high tide tonight through Saturday Night. Highest threat Saturday morning. Along the north shore or Suffolk County, breaking waves of 2 to 4 ft may result in beach erosion and wave splashover during the times of high tide this evening and Saturday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Brief minor flooding possible, with inundation up to 1/2 ft above ground level, of the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline possible during this evening high tides.

National Grid

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Founded in 1990, National Grid is a British-based utilities provider that distributes gas and runs electric grids in England as well as much of the Northeastern United States. Today, the company is responsible for gas transmission services in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as Far Rockaway, and operates a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Holtsville.

Nat Grid announced its intention to acquire KeySpan—Long Island’s previous gas operator, which had replaced the gas division of LILCO in 1998—in early 2006 and completed the process by late 2007 after receiving approval from the US government and regulatory agencies. National Grid USA is headquartered in Massachusetts and is now the second largest utility in the country, serving well over 3 million customers.

In addition to bringing gas into homes, National Grid takes numerous safety precautions to protect houses and businesses. Though natural gas is normally odorless and colorless, the company adds a sulfuric “rotten egg” smell to make the gas easily detectable in the event of a gas leak.


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