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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

Popular Ford 2013 Models Recalled for Fuel Leaks, Engine Fires

The Ford Fusion is one of the company's most best-selling models, but it faces another recall along with other 2013 models.

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Several of Ford’s 2013 car and SUV models have been globally recalled for fuel tank leaks that can lead to engine fires. The 2013 models affected include the Fusion, Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Police Utility and Police Interceptor. The Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ models are also impacted.

There have been reports of engines overheating, followed by fires starting in the engine compartment when the engine is running. No injuries have been reported, according to Ford.

While the Ford Fusion was redesigned last fall and it’s been one of Ford’s best-selling models, there’s been several recalls since its launch. A recall for a fix to steering gears where an internal retaining clip exists is also in place.

For customers with a 2013 SE and SEL model Fusion equipped with the 1.6-liter engine (2.5-liter and hybrid engines are unaffected), owners are advised to contact their dealer immediately. Alternative transportation will be arranged at no cost since repairs will not be immediately available.

According to Ford, there’s a limited supply of new fuel delivery modules, so some customers won’t be notified about replacement parts to schedule a service appointment at their dealer until September.  

Some warning signs drivers have received include high engine temperatures and messages like “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely.” There’s also instances where the instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.

“It is important that affect customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible,” advises Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office.

Customers can also check the 17-digit VIN located at the driver’s door opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver’s side, or on their vehicle registration to determine if it’s part of the recall. Fusion models with 1.6-liter engines have an “R” for the eighth character. Owners may also call Ford at (866) 436-7332.

There are about 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. that are impacted by this recall.

 [Source: Ford; USA Today.]