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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.

Reality Check LI Celebrates World No Tobacco Day

Local resident featured in national anti-smoking campaign lends her voice to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use.

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Medford, NY - June 2, 2015 - World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), is held annually on May 31st and brings together people around the world to stand up against big tobacco.  The global tobacco epidemic is killing 6 million people every year but local teens and leaders continue to work to reduce smoking rates and protect kids from tobacco marketing. 

To celebrate World No Tobacco Day, Marlene, a local resident who is featured in the CDC’s national Tips From Former Smokers campaign, joined Reality Check in speaking with students at Oregon Middle School in Medford about the dangers of tobacco use.  Students then participated in a “We’ve Seen Enough Tobacco Marketing” activity to raise awareness of the impact tobacco marketing has on youth smoking.

“I shared my story with the Tips campaign in hopes that it would inspire smokers to quit and avoid health problems many like myself experience because of smoking,” said Marlene. “I am so glad to see young people today in Long Island, sharing the truth about the consequences of smoking to prevent their peers from ever starting.”

“New York State has experienced many successes in tobacco control due to community leaders and champions who have shared their personal experience and passion about ending the tobacco epidemic”, said Michael Hoffner, Reality Check LI Coordinator, “Marlene’s courage to share her story is inspiring and supports Reality Check’s teen movement to stand up to the tobacco industry and not become the next generation of smokers.”

Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in New York State, killing 28,200 New Yorkers every year and afflicting nearly 600,000 New Yorkers with serious disease directly attributable to their smoking.  Annual health care costs directly caused by smoking are $10.39 billion in New York State, including $6.62 billion paid by the state Medicaid program.

“Every day, the tobacco industry spends over half a million dollars in New York State to market its products.  Research shows that the more kids see tobacco marketing, the more likely they are to start smoking.” said Susan Kennedy, Director of theTobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, “It’s time to protect our kids.”

"Most of us have been adversely affected by tobacco in one way or another,” said Michael Seilback, Vice President of Public Policy & Communications at the American Lung Association of the Northeast. "Whether we've seen a friend or a family member suffer as a result of a tobacco-caused disease or we've had a loved one taken from us too soon, the personal cost of tobacco use is very real and extremely painful to bear. The American Lung Association applauds Marlene, Reality Check and all those who are speaking out on World No Tobacco Day to set the record straight about this dangerous substance that remains a major public health threat."

Reality Check is a New York State youth-led, adult supported group against the deceptive marketing practices of the tobacco industry and the way they market their products towards youth. Reality Check youth work to expose the truth about the way the tobacco industry advertises and tries to eliminate those marketing opportunities in their community. 

Reality Check LI is part of the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island which is funded by the NY Tobacco Control Program through a grant administered by the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  To learn more visit

The Tips From Former Smokers campaign is the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign. The Tips campaign, which profiles real people—not actors—who are living with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, has continued through 2015. For more information on the Tips campaign, please click here.