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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, GUSTY WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, GUSTY WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued 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 * 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 370 miles south of New York City NY or about 420 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 35.5N 74.9W - Storm Intensity 45 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 7 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay located along North Carolina Outer Banks will move northward along the coast towards the area Friday and will make landfall near the New York City area Friday night. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions Friday into Friday night. 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: Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Low probability of minor coastal flooding in vulnerable coastal areas during the high tide on Friday night.

Governor Christie Hires Law Firm to Investigate Bridge Scandal, Says Mistakes Were Made

LongIsland.com

The governor of New Jersey says he is working to investigate the bridge closure scandal his administration has found itself in the middle of.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made a name for himself as a potential frontrunner for the 2016 Presidential election over the past couple years. His “no nonsense” approach to media relations—often shirking common political niceties and non-answers in favor of more direct, open, and sometimes colorful remarks—has given him the image of a more down-to-earth, relatable figure than other politicians. Regularly appearing and working with President Obama after Superstorm Sandy, and being a successful republican in a largely democratic state has also helped Christie foster a reputation as a person capable of reaching across the aisle to encourage bipartisanship. A recent scandal, however, has dragged the New Jersey governor’s reputation through the mud, leaving him with the difficult task of trying to come out of the controversy clean.  

The story came to light last week when a series of e-mails between Christie staffers was released to the public, revealing that two unexpected lane closures which forced traffic on the George Washington Bridge to come to a dead halt which lasted hours, were ordered in an effort to spite the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee who had not endorsed Christie during the last gubernatorial election.

Thousands of pages of related documents were since released by a New Jersey State Assembly committee investigating the unwarranted closures; despite the fact that Christie was not directly implicated in the misconduct by any of them, he has still been sent reeling as he tries to undo the damage done by members of his administration.  Christie has fired his Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and cut ties with his former campaign manager, Bill Stepien, for their apparent orchestration of the bridge closure, and is now conducting an internal investigation to determine exactly how the plan to close the bridge lanes came to fruition.

On Thursday, January 16, the Christie Administration announced it had hired the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to assist with its internal investigation and to further cooperation with an ongoing US Attorney inquiry.

“Their presence will bring an outside, third-party perspective to the situation, and they will be a valuable asset as we move forward,” the Governor’s statement read. “This Administration is committed to ensuring that what happened here never happens again. That’s what the people of New Jersey deserve.”

Prior to the release, Christie had apologized to the public for what he called “a breach of trust,” and addressed the matter in his annual State of the State address on Tuesday.

“The last week has certainly tested this administration,” Christie said during the speech. “Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better—much better.”

He went on to say he would cooperate with all appropriate inquires and investigations into the matter, stating “I’m the governor and I am ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch — both good and bad.”

[Source: Governor Chris Christie]
State of the State Address via NJTVonline

 

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