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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.

Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce $3.9 Million in Federal Funding to Protect Long Island Sound

Senators Have Led Fight to Improve LI Sound, Which is a Vital Part of Long Island and Connecticut’s Economy, Funding Will Go A Long Way To Ensure Sound Remains Vibrant.

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Washington, DC - January 14, 2014 - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill, which is set to pass Congress, includes $3.9 million in federal funding for the Long Island Sound program. The federal investment is $1 million more than the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request of $2.9 million and approximately $200,000 more than last year’s funding levels. The Senators aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to boost funding for the program in this year’s spending bill.

“Preserving and improving the Sound is a main priority for all Long Islanders, which is why I pushed hard to increase federal funding for this New York gem,” said Senator Schumer. “This additional $1 million bolsters efforts to make the Sound a safe and clean place for all New Yorkers to boat, fish and recreate for generations to come.”

“The Long Island Sound is a natural treasure – it makes Long Island a great place to work, play, and raise a family,” Senator Gillibrand. “With more than 8 million people living within the watershed, federal investment in the Sound is not only critical to Long Island’s environment and economy, but the entire region. During these tough economic times, the Sound provides an opportunity to promote economic growth on Long Island. I will continue to press for needed resources to improve the health of the Sound.”

“Not only is Long Island Sound an economic driver for Connecticut, generating billions of dollars annually for the state, it has defined Connecticut’s traditions and values for hundreds of years,” said Senator Murphy. “In order to continue to benefit from this incredible natural resource, we need to prioritize federal investment for the preservation of Long Island Sound –  not only for the millions of people who currently rely on it for work and recreation, but for future generations as well. This investment is not only responsible, but necessary for the health of Long Island Sound. I’ll continue to fight to protect this precious resource in the years to come.”

“These funds will help to meet an important national obligation—protecting the Long Island Sound,” said Senator Blumenthal. “More than merely a source of natural beauty, Long Island Sound is home to a rich and diverse array of wildlife, and the foundation for hundreds of jobs in the tourism, shellfish, manufacturing, and maritime industries. Water quality and shore restoration investments are vital to preserve and protect the Sound’s scenic splendor and economic vitality for future generations.”

"This is great news for Long Island Sound,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “These federal dollars are needed to continue to reduce harmful nitrogen from sewage, install green infrastructure, and protect sensitive habitats. We are thrilled that this funding will maintain and enhance these kinds of programs. Long Island Sound is an extension of our backyards and essential to a healthy economy. Thank you to our federal leaders for their continued commitment to Long Island Sound.”

“Audubon New York applauds the leadership of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the entire New York and Connecticut Delegations for securing increased funding to keep Long Island Sound on the road to recovery,” said Erin Crotty, Executive Director of Audubon New York.  “The enhanced funding to the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Acts and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund will keep New Yorkers working to protect this globally significant ecosystem which provides critical habitat for birds and is the backbone of Long Island's quality of life and economy.”

Federal funding for restoration and stewardship programs to protect Long Island Sound expired at the end of 2011. In 2012, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Lieberman, and Blumenthal introduced legislation to support the restoration of Long Island Sound through 2016. The Sound borders New York and Connecticut, with 8 million people living on the coast and more than 23 million people living within 50 miles.

The Long Island Sound Stewardship Act combines two separate authorizations through 2016 at $325 million over 5 years. This legislation includes new areas of concentration in the remediation efforts including climate change adaptation, sea level rise and resource management.

Senators noted that investments made by the Environmental Protection Agency in Long Island Sound Study area has been effectively used to leverage additional resources from state, local and private partners.  According to the Long Island Sound Study Office, since 2006, for every $1 in EPA funding, $70 was leveraged from other sources.  As a result, over $2.4 billion has been leveraged in direct environmental project support to carry out activities to restore and protect the Long Island Sound.

In 1985, the EPA, in agreement with the States of New York and Connecticut, created the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), an office under the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) charged with advancing efforts to restore the sound and address low oxygen levels and nitrogen levels that have depleted fish and shellfish populations as well as hurt shoreline wetlands. In 1990, the Long Island Sound Improvement Act passed providing federal dollars to advance Sound cleanup projects, including wastewater treatment improvements. In 2006, identifying the need for increased stakeholder participation and the need to focus on coastal restoration and improved public access and education, Congress passed the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act which provided federal dollars for projects to restore the coastal habitat to help revitalize the wildlife population and coastal wetlands and plant life.