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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.

Governor Cuomo Announces $4 Million Reimbursement to Suffolk County for Superstorm Sandy Costs

Governor Directs Federally Approved Public Assistance Funds for Superstorm Sandy Debris Removal Clean-Up Costs

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Albany, NY - March 15, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has provided $4,023,035 million to Suffolk County for reimbursement of debris removal costs incurred by the county following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. Suffolk County experienced severely damaged trees and other vegetation, leaving approximately 348,372 cubic yards of debris on county roads, right of ways, parks and other public spaces. The county responded by combining village personnel, equipment and some outside contracts. Contracts were used for debris clean-up, tree removal, garbage and landscape removal and movement of debris to disposal location.
"Sandy’s impact was devastating to every community in its path and Suffolk County absorbed unprecedented damage, leaving storm debris all over the county," Governor Cuomo said. "Like so many other affected communities, Suffolk County has had to remove huge quantities of debris, which they continue to do months after the storm ripped through its villages, towns and cities. This reimbursement is among many that Suffolk County and other affected communities will receive, passed through the state, from the federal government. I am very pleased to be able to direct these funds back to Suffolk County and help them continue in their overall restoration and recovery effort."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "The impact of Superstorm Sandy was felt throughout Suffolk County, leaving hundreds of thousands of tree debris across roadways and public and private properties. Governor Cuomo has been by our side throughout this difficult post-storm process and I thank him for helping us again by directing these critically important reimbursement funds into our county coffers."
Senator Kenneth LaValle said, "We were all shocked by the amount of damage Super Storm Sandy inflicted upon our county, towns and villages. While there is more to be done, the FEMA aid being disbursed for cleanup will go a long way to help with the great recovery work being done."
Senator Carl Marcellino said, "I am grateful that the county is receiving these critical funds, ensuring that Suffolk taxpayers are not going to assume the full brunt of the costs in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. This is an important step as we continue to recover and rebuild."
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. said, "Superstorm Sandy caused enormous destruction and damage throughout Suffolk County. The county expended significant resources to remove storm debris so that communities could start recovering and rebuilding as quickly as possible. Delivering this reimbursement funding back to Suffolk County will help provide much needed support for its ongoing restoration efforts."
Senator Malcolm Smith, Co-Chair of the New York State Senate's Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery said, "In the days after Sandy first hit, Suffolk County directed tremendous resources towards clean-up and repair efforts in local communities. At the federal and state level, we recognize the value of those rapid investments. That's why we are doing everything we can to make county governments whole again."
Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "One of our great strengths as New Yorkers is that when disasters strike this state, we come together and help our neighbors recover and rebuild. I commend Governor Cuomo for his leadership and dedication to all New Yorkers who suffered as a result of Superstorm Sandy and for ensuring that this reimbursement be provided to Suffolk County. As a state, we have seen that when we come together and work for the common good following these disasters, we not only rebuild, but we rebuild stronger and better prepared for the future."
Senator Lee M. Zeldin said, "The release of this funding is great news for Suffolk County. After Sandy hit, our municipalities began the expensive and time consuming task of clearing downed trees and hazardous materials, amongst many other responsibilities. There were massive cleanup costs for county, town and village budgets which could have resulted in even more of a burden to local taxpayers without help from Congress. I am particularly grateful for Governor Cuomo’s successful effort to lobby Congressional leadership and the White House. This assistance is vital as we continue to recover."
Senator Phil Boyle said, "The cleanup of debris left by Sandy was an urgent undertaking for public safety and health, requiring massive combined efforts of labor and equipment. I applaud the Governor’s release of federal funds to reimburse Suffolk County for these unexpected expenses and am pleased that these funds will continue to come forth as the cleanup efforts continue."
Assembly Member Bob Sweeney said, "This funding is critically important to our community as local families continue to pick up the pieces, rebuilding their homes and businesses. Our local governments have been a fundamental partner in these efforts to move past this devastation and protect our community against damage from future natural disasters. This reimbursement will help in these efforts."
Assembly Member Steve Englebright said, "Following the storm our residents were faced with considerable damage and the daunting task of removing debris. Our local governments stepped up to help, but incurred significant expenses. This funding is critical to ensure that these costs are not passed on to already overburdened property tax payers. I would like to express my gratitude to those in Suffolk County who responded to Superstorm Sandy and to Governor Cuomo for making this funding available to our communities to help in their recovery from the effects of the storm."
Assembly Member Fred Thiele said, "Superstorm Sandy inflicted untold damage to the Suffolk County community. I am pleased that we are finally able to provide essential financial relief that will aid in us in our efforts to rebuild."
Assembly Member Phil Ramos said, "So many of our hard working home and business owners are already overburdened by costs to remove debris and rebuild. This funding is important to our ongoing efforts to restore our community and ensure that crucial services provided by our local governments are not put at risk because of unforeseen costs borne as a result of the storm."
Assembly Member Michael Fitzpatrick said, "This aid is greatly needed, and will certainly be put to good use as Suffolk County continues to recover from the devastating impacts of Superstorm Sandy. I appreciate the Governor’s assistance to ensure these critical federal funds are distributed to ensure cleanup efforts move forward."
Assemblyman Andrew Raia said, "After all the struggles Long Islanders have had to endure in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it's great to finally see substantial relief coming from Washington. I want to applaud the Governor for working so hard to fight through the political partisanship that exists at the federal level to get Suffolk County families the relief they have needed from the beginning."
Assemblyman Al Graf said, "I commend Governor Cuomo and Congressman King on their dedication to the people of Long Island, in securing funds to clean up the debris left from Superstorm Sandy. I am sure they are continuing to fight to secure the funds needed for mitigation; especially those needed to close the breaches on Fire Island that are wreaking havoc on our mainland coastlines."
Assembly Member Edward Hennessey said, "This reimbursement is critical in making sure Suffolk County taxpayers are not completely saddled with the cost of cleanup from Superstorm Sandy. I will continue fighting to make sure our communities get the state and federal assistance needed to fully recover and rebuild."
Assembly Member Andrew Garbarino said, "This four million dollars is a great start to make Suffolk county whole for the money it spent cleaning up from Superstorm Sandy. I look forward to working with the Governor to make sure Long Island is returned to its pre-Sandy state."
Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci said, "Our community has shown a resilient spirit in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The efforts put forth by our local agencies, relief organizations and residents have been, and remain, truly remarkable. Today’s influx of assistance will allow our community to continue the recovery process as we work to restore a complete sense of normalcy. I want to thank Governor Cuomo and all our federal representatives for their efforts and strong show of support in our time of need."
The release of these federal funds are part of ongoing and anticipated future reimbursements the state will administer and pay to the affected municipalities. Municipalities are being reimbursed based on a variety of projects that include construction and demolition, sand and vegetative debris removal, EOC activations, evacuations, inspections and emergency IT repairs and restoration and the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. The state will continue to make these reimbursement payments as FEMA obligates the funds.



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