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Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - 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. 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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. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. 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New GPS Devices for Trucks to Help Prevent the Strike of Low Bridge Underpasses

LongIsland.com

There were 341 accidents involving over-height trucks striking underpasses on Long Island between 1993 and 2011. New standards for GPS systems seek to prevent it from happening.

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The Long Island Southern State Parkway overpass at Eagle Avenue has been struck at least 27 times by trucks, according to Senator Charles E. Schumer at a news conference on Monday. This not only causes damage to infrastructure, but it is also the cause of traffic jams and danger to drivers and passengers of vehicles on the road. In an effort to prevent tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles from using parkways in New York that have a ban on such vehicles, Schumer and federal officials announced new federal standards for GPS technology used in the trucking industry.

According to reporting from The New York Times in an interview with Schumer, “Eighty percent of all the trucks that get stuck under bridges are a result of using the wrong GPS.” Current GPS systems used do not factor the size of the vehicle or if there is a ban of such vehicles on the road. It simply knows to provide drivers the most direct routes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set new recommendations for GPS systems approved for used in commercial trucks. It will take into consideration the vehicle’s height, weight and contents to direct it to the appropriate roads. These new standards have only been set for the GPS systems used for commercial trucks, and not for consumer vehicles.

Brochures and filers will be distributed to trucker operators by the FMCSA. It will also require a mandatory entry-level certification program, which will involve GPS training with each new renewal or application for a commercial driver’s license.

Some of the top locations involving over-height trucks accidents include the F.D.R. Drive in Manhattan, the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn and the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx. On Long Island, there were 341 accidents involving over-height trucks between 1993 and 2011, according to the report from the State Department of Transportation.

While many parkways in recent months have added signage stating ‘Low Bridge – No Truck,’ officials have argued it does not help prevent trucks from getting onto the parkways in the first place.

The new recommendations for GPS systems approved for commercial trucks seek to prevent further low-bridge strike accidents from occurring.

 

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