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Tropical Storm Fay Winding Down This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **Tropical Storm Fay Winding Down** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - Tropical Storm Warning cancelled for New York City boroughs, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union and Hudson Counties. * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northwestern Suffolk, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 20 miles northwest of New York City NY or about 120 miles west of Montauk Point NY - 41.0N 74.2W - Storm Intensity 40 mph - Movement North or 5 degrees at 17 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay, located west of NYC, will continue to weaken as it lifts north of the Tri-state overnight. The remaining threats are for gusty winds tonight and dangerous surf conditions into Saturday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents are expected for all people entering the surf zone. Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide tonight through Saturday. Localized minor flooding, inundation of 1 ft or less, along vulnerable coastal and shoreline locales of the Great South Bay of Long Island and Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ Harbor, Coastal CT, Coastal Westchester, and Gardiners Bay during times of high tide tonight. * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across. Remain well sheltered from hazardous wind having limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - A few large tree limbs broken off. A few trees shallow rooted trees uprooted. Some 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. Elsewhere across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut, little to no impact is anticipated.

Coastal Erosion Recovery on the East End Impacted By Sand Shortage

Infighting between the Town Trustees and the East Hampton Town Council over sand shortage has prevented east-end erosion recovery.

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As reportedly previously, a severe sand shortage on the east end has impeded the post-Hurricane Sandy recovery effort, and in an act of desperation, the East Hampton Town committee on coastal erosion is seeking to import sand from western regions of Long Island. The committee’s primary concern is ensuring that the downtown business district sees its sandy regions bolstered by deposits from Georgica Pond, Northwest Harbor, Accabonac Harbor, and Napeague Harbor.

The plan outlined by committee chairman Drew Bennett states that the federal government would be responsible for providing coastal protection. This protection and recovery would be acted upon by the Army Corps of Engineers and would also protect the heavily-impacted coastal regions from future storms, as well. Congress had promised a reported $3.4 billion to the Army in an effort to provide relief to east-end regions heavily affected by coastal erosion.

The latest controversy surrounds the Town Trustees, rightful owners to the sand in the various ponds and whether or not they’ll allow the use of such material to bolster Montauk beaches. “They want trustee sand in Montauk? There was a time we couldn’t sneeze beyond East Hampton,” said Diane McNally, the East Hampton Town Trustees’ presiding officer. “What about the person at Lazy Point who lost a dune? Not everyone cares about Montauk. We have to look at the trustees’ own beaches.”

The State Department of Environmental Conservation currently only allows the mining of 12,000 cubic yards of sand for use in bolstering east-end beaches. The ten-year agreement with the Trustees expires in the middle of March. “So, we will be talking to them about renewing the permit and possibly for more sand. We’re going to ask,” McNally stated.