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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

Commuters of LIRR Can Expect Regular Service for the Morning after Rail Fire

A rail fire that broke out on Wednesday afternoon caused one LIRR train to be stranded in the East River tunnel. Commuters in for the afternoon/early evening commute were in for a commuting headache. Regular ...

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The Wednesday afternoon commute on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) came with a few bumps in the road when a third rail fire caused one of its trains to be stranded in one of four East River tunnels. The incident caused a commuter headache for many travelers, but service is back up for this morning’s commute.

A fire broke out at about 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday in the East River tunnel and caused a Penn Station-bound train from Babylon, holding about 100 people on board, to be stranded for two hours.

The incident caused power to be shut off as the fire was put out.  A diesel locomotive was also called in to pull the stranded train out of the tunnel and into Penn Station.

LIRR service was disrupted until about 5:10 p.m. There were also 14 trains from Penn Station to Long Island that were cancelled as well as other delays. Penn Station’s 8th Avenue entrance was also closed for an interim as a result of overcrowding.

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 [Source: LIRR; WABC.]

Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, via Flickr.