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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 310 miles south of New York City NY or about 360 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 36.3N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 45 mph - Movement North or 10 degrees at 8 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay located off the North Carolina and Virginia coast will move northward along the coast towards the area Friday and will make landfall near the New York City area Friday night. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions Friday into Friday night. 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: - Flash 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 and canals may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience 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. Elsewhere across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut, little to no impact is anticipated. * 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 Friday afternoon into Friday Night.

Cradle of Aviation Museum Celebrates Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary

Long Island aviation museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of moon landing

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In all of human history, the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969 was one of mankind's greatest achievements.


"The only spacecraft that was built to take humans to another world was built right here on Long Island and that's really an amazing thing," Cradle of Aviation Museum Curator Joshua Stoff said.


Stoff is the curator of the aerospace museum in Garden City, which is home to the world's most extensive collection of artifacts from the lunar module. It was that engineering marvel that carried astronauts to the moon and was designed and constructed by Grumman Aerospace, including former workers Mike Lisa, Ross Bracco and his slide rule, and Alan Contessa.


"Put a goal out there and I'm going for it," Lisa said. "It was an engineering masterpiece," Contessa said.


Contessa was one of those responsible for the insulation that protected the spacecraft. This summer, the museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, complete with a countdown clock and a host of events, which is sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union.


"We were founded in 1941 by the employees of Grumman Corporation, and that's how we became a credit union," Bethpage Federal Credit Union VP Linda Armyn said. "We were originally the Grumman Credit Union and we love to be involved in this museum.” This museum houses the actual lunar module that would have gone to the moon aboard Apollo 19 had that mission happened.


The scale of the exhibit is precise. Look up and you can see the Earth exactly as the astronauts did. "At least they got there, but now we got to get them back home," Bracco said. "It's still, you know half the journey.”


"Taking off from the moon, I thought that was the most dangerous part of the mission," Contessa said. "So many things had to happen perfectly, otherwise, you know, it would have been a disaster."


The program ended with Apollo 17 and with an extraordinary safety record. "50 years ago, young men and women had a dream to go to the moon, and they did it right here on Long Island," Cradle of Aviation Museum President Andrew Parton said.


Click here for more information about the museum.