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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.

Nets Defeat Chicago and More

The Knicks and Nets were both victorious last night; the Islanders now lead Atlantic.

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Nets Embarrassed by One Leader, Defeat Another

After being thoroughly trounced by the Heat during their first two games, Brooklyn hoped to make a statement by defeating the reigning NBA champions and current Southeast leaders.

For much of the game it looked as though the Nets might be able to do just that. Despite trailing 30-20 at the end of one quarter, the team turned things around and had the game tied by halftime. They carried that momentum into the third quarter, for a moment anyway. While Brooklyn stayed competitive for a brief while, eight turnovers in the third fueled an 18-2 run that propelled Miami to a 36-14 quarter and 105-85 victory.

Brook Lopez, who has been announced as Rajon Rondo’s replacement in the all-star game scored 21 points with 7 rebounds during the loss. Joe Johnson knocked down 16 and Blatche had 12 off the bench.

Yesterday’s match against the Central-leading Bulls ended in much less lopsided fashion. The Nets led by ten after the first quarter, though a strong showing from Chicago would have them trailing 42-41 entering halftime.

Chicago expanded its lead to 4 in the third quarter, but ran out of steam in the fourth. A healthy Brooklyn bench rallied against the injured Bulls, reversing the deficit and putting the Nets on top by a final of 93-89.

Lopez scored 20 through just three quarters of play, while all 11 of Blatche’s points came in the fourth. Joe Johnson and MarShon Brooks both had 13 on the night.

The Nets play the Lakers next, Tuesday at 7:30 PM.



Having beaten a weak Orlando team with ease twice already this season, the Knicks did not expect the struggle they ran up against in the first half of play.

Nonetheless, the Magic held their own, matching New York stride for stride early on. The game was tied at 31 after one quarter, and at 51 after two. Facing a greater challenge than anticipated, the Knicks picked up the pace and built a six point lead in the third quarter, to which they added ten more in the fourth. They won 113-97.

Carmelo Anthony did not lead the team in scoring—an oddity for this season—but he did knock down 20 to break a long standing Knicks record. This marked the 30th straight game in which ‘Melo scored at least 20 points, passing Richie Guerin’s 29 game streak in the 1961-62 season.

Tyson Chandler had 21 points, while Felton had 15 and Stoudemire scored 14 in 20 minutes of play.

During last night’s game against Milwaukie, New York actually trailed entering the half after being outscored by 3 in both of the first two quarters. They erased the deficit, leading by 1 after the third, then outscored the Bucks 22-13 in the fourth for a 96-86 win.

Anthony extended his streak another game, scoring 25 on the night; Stoudemire and JR Smith backed him up, both with 17 off the bench, while Felton had 14 and Chandler was good for 20 rebounds.

The Knicks play the Kings, to whom they lost by 1 in their only other meeting this season, at 7:30 tonight.


Rangers Continue to Struggle

The Rangers kicked off a pair of low-scoring home games against Pennsylvanian teams with a win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Madison Square Garden.

Del Zotto got the team off to an early lead with a goal in the first two minutes courtesy of an assist from Ferriero. The game would not see another goal until midway through the second period, when Ryan Callahan knocked in what would prove to be the game winner from short distance during a power play.

Unfortunately, his celebration would not last the night through. Though New York went on to win 2-1 (Lundqvist failed to block only 1 of 27 shots), the Rangers’ captain had to leave early due to a shoulder injury which is expected to cost him at least 10 games.

The team would find themselves sorely missing Callahan when they ran up against the Penguins for the second time this season.

In their first meeting the Rangers fell 6-3; their defense put on a more respectable show this time around, but the margin of defeat would prove the same. The Penguins’ Malkin scored what would be the only goal of the first two periods within the first minute and a half.

New York’s hopes grew dimmer when Pittsburgh struck again before the 30 second mark of the third period, and one final time ten minutes later. Though Lundqvist saved 26 of 29 shots, the Rangers were held scoreless and lost 3-0.

With this loss, the team falls back under .500. They will try to even out again against Tampa Bay tonight at 7.


Islanders On Top

The Islanders also ran into the Penguins this week, but their fortunes were quite different.

Casey Cizikas delivered the game’s first goal, as well as the first goal of his career, unassisted in the sixteenth minute. The second period would be a bit more productive, with Grabner, Tavares, and Moulson all scoring and no answer from Pittsburgh.

Nabokov did allow one puck to slip by him in the third, but blocked 37 others throughout the night.

Having defeated the Penguins 4-1, the Islanders moved on to a much tougher game against New Jersey.

Tavares knocked in the first goal approaching the last five minutes of the first period, followed by an Aucoin goal to kick off the second.  The Devils battled back with two successive goals of their own only to have Tavares break the tie a minute later. Not to be put down so easily, New Jersey’s Tallinder scored in the final minutes of the second to tie things up once more entering the third period.

This time the score remained equal for quite a while, until Streit could score a little over 11 minutes into the third. His goal would only have the Islanders on top again for a couple minutes, however, as the Devils retaliated, sending the game into overtime.

Boyes made short work of the OT period, scoring two minutes in and giving New York a 5-4 victory. Nabokov blocked 28 of 32 shots.

Having won a game full of tie scores, the Islanders are now tied atop the NHL’s Atlantic division with the Devils. They hope to break that draw when they play New Jersey again at 3 PM on Sunday.