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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.

NYS Dept. of Health and Suffolk County Health Dept. Announce Mosquito Control Day May 14

The New York State Department of Health and the Suffolk County Health Department will hold the state's first county-wide mosquito control day on Saturday, May 14, it was announced today at a press event.

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Bellone: "Suffolk County's Mosquito Control Day will serve as an opportunity for residents to learn what they can do to take action to minimize the spread of all mosquito borne illnesses, including the Zika virus."

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Smithtown, NY - May 13, 2016 - The New York State Department of Health and the Suffolk County Health Department will hold the state's first county-wide mosquito control day on Saturday, May 14, it was announced today at a press event. The event is part of the state's six-step Zika Action Plan, which required all local health departments to submit plans to control and monitor the mosquito population in their communities.

"New York's residents can rest assured that the state is taking aggressive action to reduce the risk of Zika virus transmission in the state," said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. "Local implementation of the county action plans is an integral part of the state's efforts to minimize the impact of Zika, and we are grateful to Suffolk County for their efforts to keep their community safe from Zika."

State and local health officials were at the press event at a private residence, to demonstrate mosquito trapping devices and advise local residents on how to reduce mosquitos in their yards this season. Part of that will involve eliminating containers with standing water, which is where mosquitos can breed. The state also provided free larvicide which controls the mosquito population by killing eggs and preventing breeding, to towns for use in water that cannot be removed. In addition, health officials provided information for pregnant travelers on how to stay safe.

The Suffolk County event comes as the state launches a major Zika virus awareness and prevention campaign that targets travelers to the affected countries, pregnant women and their partners, and homeowners. The campaign includes television and radio ads; banners on social and digital media, and billboards and subway ads.

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito in South and Central America. Although Aedes aegypti mosquitos are not present in New York, a related species named Aedes albopictus is present in New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley. It is not yet known whether Aedes albopictus – the type in New York – is an effective transmitter of Zika virus. The state is monitoring the albopictus activity in southern states for transmission of the virus.

Mosquito season typically runs from April through September. In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Although the virus causes symptoms in only one in five people, it has been associated with microcephaly, a birth defect in babies born to women infected with Zika during pregnancy. The virus may also be sexually transmitted. Symptoms of Zika infection include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

"Suffolk County residents' public safety and health are of paramount concern to me," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. "Suffolk County's Mosquito Control Day will serve as an opportunity for residents to learn what they can do to take action to minimize the spread of all mosquito borne illnesses, including the Zika virus."

On March 17, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a six-step Zika Action Plan to address the virus in New York. This first-in-the-nation plan includes distributing 100,000 larvicide tablets to eliminate mosquito breeding sites; aggressively monitoring the mosquito population through trapping and testing; providing free Zika protection kits to pregnant women; deploying Rapid Response Teams wherever local mosquito transmission is confirmed; issuing emergency regulations requiring local health departments to submit Zika Action Plans; and launching a broad public awareness campaign.

Confirmed cases of Zika in New York have all been associated with international travel. As of May 12, there have been 128 New York State residents who tested positive for Zika virus. Of those, 127 acquired the virus while traveling abroad; it is suspected the other patient acquired the virus through sexual contact with an infected person. There are currently no confirmed mosquito-to-human transmissions in New York State or the continental United States.

For more information, call the Zika information line at 1(888) 364-4723, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the website.