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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 240 miles south of New York City NY or about 300 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 37.4N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 50 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 10 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay, located just east of the southern Delmarva Peninsula, will move northward along the coast towards the area today, making landfall near the New York City area tonight. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions today into tonight. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * WIND: Protect against 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. * TORNADOES: Protect against 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. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents are likely 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 Friday 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 this afternoon into tonight.

Tips for Avoiding Ticks this Season

LongIsland.com

Take these precautions to avoid illnesses that come from ticks.

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Spring is officially here, and we all get to look forward to whole warm-weather season. However, ticks also come along with the warm weather. These parasites can bring with them such illnesses as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which could really put a damper on your summer vacation.

Here are a few tips from Governor Cuomo on dealing with ticks this spring and summer. Anyone in a wooded area should do the following:

  • Make sure shirts are tucked in and also tuck pants into socks to prevent ticks from accessing the skin.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, when practical.
  • Wear light colored clothing that will make it easier to spot and remove ticks.
  • Check for ticks every two to three hours while outdoors and brush off any ticks you find before they attach.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks on your body.
  • Perform a full body check multiple times during the day and at the end of the day to ensure that no ticks are attached.

New York State averages more than 5,500 new Lyme disease cases each year. Lyme disease will spread after an infected tick is attached to a person for 36 hours or more. If a tick is found, it is critical to remove it immediately. The best way to remove a tick is by using a pair of tweezers and grasping the tick as close to its attachment to the skin as possible.

Be sure to keep an eye on the area where any tick bite occurs. If an expanding rash more than two inches apart appears or if an expanding rash more than two inches across appears, contact your health care provider immediately. Also contact your health provider if you notice flu-like symptoms over a 30-day period following a tick bite.

Ticks can also be a danger to your pets. Remember the following rules to keep your pets safe:

  • Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
  • If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away.
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about using tick preventives on your pet.
  • Always follow label instructions when applying tick preventives to your pet.

Remember that cats are very sensitive to certain tick-preventative chemicals. It is important to consult a veterinarian before using them on cats.

For more information on ticks, see the New York State Department of Health website.

[Source: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo]