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ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * 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 130 miles north of New York City NY or about 160 miles northwest of Montauk Point NY - 42.7N 74.2W - Storm Intensity 65 mph - Movement North-northeast or 20 degrees at 40 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast this evening as the storm moves north of the area. While threats are beginning to diminish, strong winds will continue into this evening. In addition, minor coastal flooding, high surf, and dangerous rip currents will continue. Strong winds will continue across the area into early this evening before diminishing tonight. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters through tonight. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to continue along the ocean beaches through Wednesday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the area. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible significant impacts. If realized, these 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: Potential impacts from the main surge event are possible this evening. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts 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.

Governor Cuomo Announces Suspension Of Construction-Related Lane Closures To Ease Traffic During Labor Day Weekend

No Non-Essential Lane Closures During Peak Travel Times on State Highways.

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Albany, NY - August 30, 2018 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended beginning Friday, August 31 at 6 a.m. until Tuesday, September 4 at 6 a.m., in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Labor Day weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension supports Governor Cuomo's Drivers First initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.
"For many New Yorkers, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and we are committed to helping ensure safe, convenient travel during the busy holiday weekend," Governor Cuomo said. "I wish all New Yorkers a happy Labor Day and urge travelers to follow the rules of the road, enjoy time with their families, and take a moment to observe the importance of the labor movement, which was born here in the Empire State."
Additionally, Governor Cuomo is urging motorists to follow the state's Move Over Law, which requires motorists to slow down, drive with care, and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along state roads. The law was enacted in 2011 to protect New Yorkers working along the roadway and has since been expanded to include a wider range of emergency and hazard vehicles.
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "I can't stress enough the importance of obeying vehicle and traffic laws not just on Labor Day weekend, but year round.  As part of Governor Cuomo's drivers first program, motorists will be able to get to and from their destinations quicker and easier this Labor Day weekend.  Our crews will be back out there in force when the weekend has ended.  I urge motorists to drive cautiously, have patience in work zones, and please treat our workers with the respect they deserve."
Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Driver safety is the Thruway Authority's top priority and as we wind down the busy summer travel season, we want travelers to get to and from their destinations safely, on time, and with no construction-related delays. I strongly encourage travelers to utilize the Thruway's numerous Service Areas, Text Stops, and Welcome Centers to take a break and to avoid distracted driving."
Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, said "Governor Cuomo's Drivers First initiative makes it easier to get where you want to go during peak travel days and allows road crews and construction workers the chance to spend the holiday weekend with their families. We hope all New Yorkers have a fun and enjoyable Labor Day and remember to drive safely.  With more people on the roads, this is a perfect time to remind drivers to put their cell phones away, follow the speed limit and please, on Labor Day weekend and every day, do not drive if you are impaired by drugs or alcohol."
New Yorkers are reminded that state and local law enforcement will be participating in the statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement through Labor Day, September 3. The enforcement and education campaign is designed to prevent intoxicated and under the influence driving on state and local roads. Motorists can expect to see law enforcement stopping and arresting impaired drivers in order to keep New York's roads safe this holiday weekend.
Motorists are encouraged to utilize 64 text stops, as well as Service Areas, Rest Areas and Welcome Centers located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.
There will be slight variations for certain Thruway projects based on previous traffic volume. A detailed schedule of Thruway lane closures throughout the holiday weekend is available here.
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway here.
Travelers are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing before departing. The free service allows users to check road conditions or link to air and transit information.  
Mobile users can download the free 511NY mobile app from the iTunes or Google Play stores. The app now features Drive mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, warning them about incidents and construction. Users can set a destination prior to departing and receive information on up to three routes. 
The Department of Motor Vehicles urges drivers to use the Have a Plan app to help find a safe way home from a celebration where they may be drinking. The free app from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation allows you to designate a driver, call a cab or ride share, and to review the consequences of impaired driving. You can even use the app to report a drunk or drugged driver. The app is available for Apple, Android, and Windows smart phones.