Thursday, July 7, 2016

NWS - Flash Flood Watch, Heat Advisory and Air Quality Alert issued for our area today


Event:Flash Flood Watch
Alert:
...HEAVY RAIN AND POSSIBLE URBAN FLASH FLOODING TODAY... 
 
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH THIS 
AFTERNOON... 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A 
 
* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT... 
NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEAST NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE 
FOLLOWING AREAS...IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT...SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD 
COUNTY. IN NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY...BERGEN...ESSEX...UNION...HUDSON 
AND EASTERN PASSAIC COUNTIES...IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK...ALL OF 
NEW YORK CITY...AND NASSAU AND SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTIES... 
 
* FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. 
 
* SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD DEVELOP 
AND MOVE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THIS AFTERNOON. 
 
* THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN OF UP 
TO 2 INCHES IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. RAINFALL OF THIS 
MAGNITUDE COULD CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF URBAN, LOW LYING, AND 
POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.
Event:Heat Advisory
Alert:
...HOT AND HUMID TODAY AND FRIDAY IN NEW YORK CITY... 
 
...HEAT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EDT FRIDAY... 
 
* HEAT INDEX VALUES...IN THE MID 90S TODAY...AND IN THE MID AND 
UPPER 90S ON FRIDAY. 
 
* TIMING...LATE THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON...AND AGAIN LATE 
FRIDAY MORNING INTO LATE DAY FRIDAY. 
 
* IMPACTS...HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE THE RISK FOR 
HEAT RELATED HEALTH ISSUES...ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY...THOSE 
WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS LUNG AND HEART 
DISEASE...THOSE WORKING OUTDOORS...AND OTHER HEAT SENSITIVE 
GROUPS OF PEOPLE...AND ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS IS THE FIRST 
SIGNIFICANT HEAT EVENT OF THIS SUMMER.
Event:Air Quality Alert
Alert:
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM EDT 
THIS EVENING... 
 
THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS 
ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS... 
NEW YORK CITY AND WESTCHESTER...ROCKLAND...PUTNAM...AND ORANGE 
COUNTIES... 
FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING. 
AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN 
AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF GROUND LEVEL 
OZONE. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX...OR AQI...WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY 
TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER 
THE AQI VALUE, THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN. 
WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED...THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT 
OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS 
OUTDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH 
EFFECTS. PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF 
ELEVATED LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH 
PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE. 
THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL 
PHYSICIAN.
 
A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK 
RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. THE TOLL 
FREE NUMBER IS 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5.

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