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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: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch 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, 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 910 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 980 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 28.5N 79.8W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North-northwest or 345 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the East-Central Florida coast will continue to move to the north-northwest, then turn due north late tonight. It will continue to move north on Monday along the Southeastern US Coast. Isaias will then weaken slowly as it accelerates and curves northeast over the Carolinas Tuesday morning, then over our area by Tuesday evening. Confidence is increasing with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system are locally 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 likely, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heavy rain is most likely to occur across western parts of the area from late Monday night through Tuesday night, and eastern sections Tuesday into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across coastal sections late in the day Tuesday into Tuesday evening. 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 then expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for 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: Prepare for 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. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - Localized inundation of 1 to 2 feet with locally up to 3 feet possible 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.

LI Cos Tapping Tech to Cut Cooling Costs

A building in the Hauppauge Industrial Park has tapped tech to cut cooling bills.

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Summer brings high air conditioning bills, leading to new efforts to tap tech to cut cooling costs.

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A Long Island-based company has installed wireless controls in Long Island buildings and beyond that it says significantly reduce air conditioning and heating costs.

Southold-based Enlightened Energy Consultants, led by Anthony Coppola, specializes in helping companies save on their energy bill – but not the way most companies have been doing.

A wide range of buildings across Long Island and the nation already have tapped technology to reduce lighting costs. But Coppola argues that there’s a still unlocked box of potential savings being ignored. 

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning or HVAC, with often large heating and cooling bills, remains an often-untapped source of potential savings, according to Coppola.

“We pull data in and operate the equipment remotely through a wi-fi signal,” he said. “We create a building management system at a very low cost.”

The company benchmarks a building at no charge, identifying how much energy is being wasted on HVAC operations. It then installs controls and sensors to monitor and optimize performance. Typical paybacks are six to 12 months, he said.

Enlightened Energy Consultants recently installed a system in a building in Hauppauge, following installations in Plainview and Rochester, generating what Coppola calls “significant savings and improved comfort.”

“One of the keys to implementing this technology is to evaluate where you are now,” Coppola said, after installing the technology in a Hauppauge building. “We monitor and optimize performance on a real-time basis.”

The company seeks to unlock energy savings by optimizing the performance of existing systems, reducing unnecessary use of equipment and eliminating excessive heating and cooling without affecting comfort, he said.

Actual weather is analyzed to fine tune control settings, helping obtain energy savings of as much as 31 percent, Coppola added.

“The price point is $899 per unit, which includes the first year of monitoring and reporting. It’s a major breakthrough,” he said of costs. “The technology and analytics are so advanced compared to what was available five, six or seven year ago at a price point of $6,000 to $8,000 a unit.”

Enlightened Energy Consultants most recently implemented the process at 140 Fell Court, a 40,000 square-foot office building in the Hauppauge Industrial Park. That follows installations outside of the industrial park, essentially making them smart buildings without installing elaborate systems.

“This building is the perect fit. We’re looking at real time, ongoing analysis to document performance and savings in operations,” Coppola continued. “I want to emphasize the importance of doing monthly analytics, monitoring energy performance.”

Coppola said 70 percent to 80 percent of air conditioning units in the Hauppauge Industrial Park, for instance, are most likely similar. “Most people control their equipment with standard programmable thermostats. They don’t maintain the necessary programs,” he said. “Things have been overridden.”

Companies waste a lot of energy, heating and cooling empty buildings, which grows the bill without doing much if any good, he added. “In addition, we are taking advantage of holidays, setting back operations when the buildings are empty,” Coppola said.

The company offers a complimentary consultation, where it gathers two years of data and determines whether, where and how much energy can be saved.

“We do a preliminary energy model on the building,” Coppola said. “By evaluating and doing the analytics and tracking weather data, we can get an accurate handle on how much they’re currently spending on heating and cooling.”

Electric rates for businesses peak June 1 through September 30, leading to higher costs and usage charges, as well as bigger opportunities to cut bills, he added.

“The rate doubles for a lot of buildings,” Coppola said. “This is a summer peaking utility. You pay for that.”