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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch 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, 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 910 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 980 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 28.5N 79.8W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North-northwest or 345 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the East-Central Florida coast will continue to move to the north-northwest, then turn due north late tonight. It will continue to move north on Monday along the Southeastern US Coast. Isaias will then weaken slowly as it accelerates and curves northeast over the Carolinas Tuesday morning, then over our area by Tuesday evening. Confidence is increasing with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system are locally 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 likely, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heavy rain is most likely to occur across western parts of the area from late Monday night through Tuesday night, and eastern sections Tuesday into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across coastal sections late in the day Tuesday into Tuesday evening. 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 then expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern 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 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. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - Localized inundation of 1 to 2 feet with locally up to 3 feet possible 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.

Bi-County Working Group Unveils Resource Guide for Federal Workers Affected by Recent Shutdown In Washington

Guide created by both Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

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Long Island, NY - February 20, 2019 - The Bi-County Shutdown Working Group, led by former Congressman Steve Israel and created by both Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, in partnership with the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island, today announced a comprehensive resource guide for federal furloughed and contract workers in response to the recent shutdown and in preparation for potential future government shutdowns.
The Working Group was established in response to the 35-day partial government shutdown with the goal of alleviating the extraordinary burden on federal workers and their families during these extraordinary times. The regional working group is comprised of nearly 30 representatives from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, elected representatives and private citizens.
The group met for the first time on February 6, 2019, and quickly developed a resource guide comprised of nutritional, legal, energy savings, financial assistance, and mental health services for those affected by the shutdown. There are approximately 1,600 federal employees living on Long Island, countless contracted workers, and numerous Long Islanders whose federal jobs are located in New York City.
"While it appears that another federal government shutdown has been averted, last month's shutdown showed us how vulnerable thousands of Long Islanders are in the event of another,” said former Congressman Steve Israel, who was appointed Chairman of the Working Group. “With so many Long Islanders and organizations working to provide assistance, it is critical that these resources be assembled in a one-stop shop that facilitates easy access by those in need. I am glad that the Bi-County Shutdown Working Group has been able to assemble a comprehensive and accessible fact sheet as a first step to help Long Island families who are affected.”
“While Washington remains ensnared in partisan gridlock, here on Long Island we are making sure residents have access to the information and resources they need during a shutdown,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “The efforts of the bi-county working group to collaborate and pool assets together has resulted in the creation of an all-inclusive resource guide for furloughed federal employees to ensure those affected know what is available to them from the get-go and can receive assistance in a much quicker and more effective manner.”
“Last month’s shutdown debacle demonstrated the clear need for local government to respond quickly and effectively on behalf of the thousands of Long Islanders who are impacted when the federal government shuts down,” said Nassau Executive Laura Curran. “In the event of another shutdown, our bi-county working group has developed a comprehensive resource guide that will give furloughed or unpaid federal employees everything they need to know from day one.”
“The Bi-County Shutdown Working Group is an example of government and the nonprofit sector planning collaboratively and regionally to evaluate resources and ensure that our ability to support Long Islanders at the local level is organized and strong when a crisis is created in Washington DC,” said Rebecca Sanin, President/CEO of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island.  “We must continue to build a strong regional infrastructure on Long Island that ensures that whether crises develop from national shutdowns, changing immigration policies, funding shifts or any directive that impacts our region that the health and human services sector, in collaboration with government continues to be ready to meet emerging needs.”
The resource guide is posted on both Nassau County and Suffolk County websites at the links below and is being circulated to nonprofit organizations that are continuing to meet the needs of families affected by the most recent shutdown.