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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.

Pit Bulls Saved After Tip to ACU Led to Roosevelt Man’s Arrest

Shawn Christopher was charged with three counts of criminal animal neglect after his pit bulls were found with severe injuries in his home.

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A tip to the Animal Crimes Unit in Nassau County has led to not only the arrest of a Roosevelt man, but also a dual rehabilitation effort between the Hempstead and North Shore animal shelters. According to District Attorney Kathleen Rice, 41-year-old Shawn Christopher severely neglected and abused his pit bulls. When the NCPD DA Squad and the NCDA ACU arrived at the Roosevelt resident’s home on November 7th, they found the pets with blistered skin, bloody raw open sores, cracked paws, and severe swelling to their face and eyes. 
“Neglect and abuse of the kind suffered by these dogs is always heartbreaking and should never be without consequence,” DA Rice said. “My office will continue to work with local authorities and shelters to be an advocate for animals when they need it.”
Detectives say the two other puppies at the scene had similar injuries. The three pit bulls were taken by Animal Control and sent to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh. Veterinary examinations found they had advanced stages of mange that went untreated for months. The pit bulls are currently under the care of the North Shore Animal League. Hopefully they’ll make a speedy recovery and one day find a loving home. 
Christopher was arraigned on three counts of Criminal Animal Neglect, and one count of Criminal Possession of marijuana in the Fourth Degree. He has since been released to probation and is due back in court on January 16th, 2014. The maximum sentence for each count is up to one year in jail. 
D.A. Rice started a Nassau wide Council on Animal Protection & Safety earlier this month to provide a forum for instances such as this one. Now because of this, the public can report animal cruelty one of four ways. The first is by walking to the DA’s Criminal Complaint Unit at 272 Old Country Road. The next is by calling the D.A.’s Animal Crimes Tip Line at (516) 571-2245. You can also file complaints online at, or by email to For cases considered imminent danger, immediately dial 911. 
[Source: Districe Attorney Kathleen Rice]