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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.

LIPA Customers to See Electric Bill Reduced this Month

The reduced electric bill in April is welcome news, but LIPA customers are expected to receive widely fluctuating rates month to month.

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Many customers have grown frustrated with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) after its handling of the electric outage situation around Superstorm Sandy, so the thought of their electric bill having to go up was unwelcoming news when it announced plans to stick consumers with a bill of $72 million of unexpected and unbudgeted for fuel costs last month.

Fortunately, for this month, LIPA customers are getting a break. LIPA customers receiving a residential electric bill will be paying a little less – an average of $13 less on a monthly bill of $150.

This latest reduction in the electric bill is possible with LIPA’s conversion to a month-to-month fuel adjustment rather than a quarterly adjustment.

LIPA also says the reduction is possible as a result of market conditions and its recovery of money that it was unable to recoup in March.

The reduction in bill cost this month essentially returns rates to where they were in February.

While the April electric bill provides some relief to customers, rates can continue to fluctuate widely month to month. Customers will have a difficult time trying to figure out a budget to allocate for the electric bill going forward.

But, any savings is welcome news to Long Islanders who have suffered tough times this whole winter.