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*TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST* This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut ***TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST*** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Orange and Putnam - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, 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, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union * 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 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, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * STORM INFORMATION: - About 830 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 900 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 29.7N 79.9W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 355 degrees at 9 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, coastal Connecticut, and the New York City Metro. 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 into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern 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: Protect against 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: Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - There is potential for widespread minor to locally moderate coastal flooding across the Lower New York Harbor and South Shore Back Bays, with localized minor flooding impacts elsewhere. - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots. - 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: 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.

National Grid Celebrates Earth Day in Huntington Station with the Town of Huntington at One of Long Island's Largest Community Garden

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National Grid partnered with the Town of Huntington for Earth Day to transform the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station.

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Over 75 National Grid volunteers installed a drainage system, building a bio swale, and planted flowers in celebration of Earth Day at the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station.

Photo by: Gateway Park Community Garden, via Facebook.

Huntington Station, NY - April 27, 2016 - National Grid partnered with the Town of Huntington for Earth Day to transform the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station. Over 75 National Grid volunteers installed a drainage system, building a bio swale, and planted flowers in celebration of Earth Day.

"Every day is Earth Day at National Grid and we always try to leave things better than how we found them,” said Ken Daly, President, National Grid, and New York. “But today is very special we are leaving the Gateway Community Garden better, cleaner, and greener for many years to come."

The Gateway Community Garden is a highly visible one-acre property in Huntington Station that was revitalized. The Town of Huntington purchased the property and converted it into a community garden success that utilizes the property to grow food and donates it to food banks.

Flooding was an issue at the community garden; National Grid working with the Town of Huntington developed a plan to install drainage to capture the runoff to prevent flooding of the raised planting beds. National Grid volunteers hand dug a 400 feet trench to install an underground drainage system and built a rock swale capturing runoff that flows into the newly planted rain garden. The new drainage was then buried and pea gravel was poured over the drainage creating clean clear walkways between the raised planting beds.

“I want to thank Ken Daly and the National Grid team of volunteers for their Earth Day efforts at Gateway Community Garden, including the new drainage system and the rain garden that will make the garden more environmentally efficient and enjoyable for the many gardeners and children who attend the educational programs there. Your work here demonstrates National Grid’s level of commitment to its customers and the community it serves,” said Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone.

A rain garden was built to provide environmental benefits as it captures and cleans rain water before it enters the groundwater system. Volunteers planted colorful moisture tolerant flora and they also removed litter and weeded the one-acre garden.

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci gave National Grid’s President Ken Daly a proclamation for the volunteer work. The Town of Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Legislator William Spencer, Bob Conti representing Senator Marcellino, Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island and the Gateway Garden board of trustees all came to celebrate Earth Day. “National Grid’s support for Gateway Gardens comes at a perfect time for Huntington Station with two redevelopment project underway and renewed community support for revitalization,” said Eric Alexander, Director, and Vision Long Island. “Tangible improvements including a new rain garden were made from the National Grid volunteers and gave a lift to the Garden and the Huntington Station community.”

Every year National Grid chooses an Earth Day project across Long Island where they can make an impact. National Grid volunteered at Earth Day events across New York State including, Brightwaters and Staten Island.

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National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).

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