Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NWS issues High Wind Watch for our area


National Weather Service Upton NY
350 AM EST Wed Dec 23 2020


* WHAT...South winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph

* WHERE...Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau Counties.

* WHEN...From Thursday evening through Friday morning.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees and power
  lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be
  difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Heavy Rain, Strong Winds possible Christmas Eve through Christmas morning


Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service New York NY
347 AM EST Tue Dec 22 2020

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut,
northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

A potent cold front will bring heavy rain and strong, gusty winds
Thursday night into Friday morning. The combination of lingering snow
pack and heavy rain may bring flooding, with the highest potential
across northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and southern
Connecticut. The strongest winds are most likely to occur along
coastal areas, such as Long Island, New York City, and coastal
Connecticut where the potential exists for wind gusts 50 to 60 mph.
There remains a fair amount of uncertainty in both the location of
heaviest rain and the magnitude of the winds.


Spotter activation may be needed. Please safely report significant
weather conditions while following local, state, and CDC guidelines.

Thursday, December 17, 2020



National Weather Service New York NY
330 AM EST Thu Dec 17 2020

Hudson-New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-
Kings (Brooklyn)-Northwestern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-
Northern Queens-Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
330 AM EST Thu Dec 17 2020


* WHAT...Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of up to two
  inches. Total snowfall 6 to 9 inches. Winds gusting as high as
  50 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New

* WHEN...Until 1 PM EST this afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
  conditions will impact the morning commute. Gusty winds could
  bring down tree branches.


If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Winter Storm Watch issued by NWS


National Weather Service New York NY
400 PM EST Mon Dec 14 2020

New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-
Kings (Brooklyn)-Northwestern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-
Northern Queens-Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
400 PM EST Mon Dec 14 2020


* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Some sleet could mix in late
  Wednesday night. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches
  possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...New York City, and western and central Long Island.

* WHEN...From Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
  Hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday evening and
  Thursday morning commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree

Friday, August 28, 2020

The city has completed phase one of Broad Channel’s extreme makeover.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pfeffer Amato, state Senator Joseph Addabbo and Councilman Eric Ulrich after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Photo by Dean Moses) (

The ambitious $46 million project raised streets and added nearly half a mile of new storm sewers to reduce flooding in an area that is frequently inundated by Jamaica Bay during high tide and storms.
“This is a unique part of Queens that is highly vulnerable to flooding because of climate change and rising sea levels, and the city went above and beyond to not just add storm sewers but also to raise the streets,” Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Lorraine Grillo said. “We look forward to working with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation to bring these improvements to other parts of Broad Channel.”
Phase two of the work, a $67.7 million project that will affect an even larger adjacent area, began this summer and is anticipated to be completed by summer 2024.
“The residents and businesses of Broad Channel have a special relationship with the natural world and Jamaica Bay in particular,” DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said. “These New Yorkers are on the front lines of our changing climate and we were so pleased to join with our partner agencies to bring them some real relief with raised roadways and new catch basins, sewers and outfalls to drain the water from the roadways and away from their properties.”
West 11th Road, West 12th Road and West 13th Road from Cross Bay Boulevard west to the waterline were all rebuilt from the ground up during the project on more than 40,000 feet of piles driven 50 feet or more into the ground. The new streets are approximately two feet higher than before and now have 2,300 feet of new storm sewers with nine new catch basins, plus new bulkheads and outfalls that were added at the end of each street to allow stormwater to drain into the bay.
“As we all know, this is an area that was hard-hit by Sandy, and this massive street raising initiative will help mitigate the flooding in vulnerable areas throughout this community,” Councilman Eric Ulrich said. “I would also like to thank the residents of Broad Channel, who have been extremely patient throughout this entire process. Phase one was a great success, and we look forward to the completion of phase two, which will bring the same improvements to West 14th Road, West 15th Road, West 16th Road and West 17th Road.”
Nearly 2,400 feet of sanitary sewers and 2,400 feet of water mains were replaced to ensure reliable water and sewage service, while nine fire hydrants were replaced to improve fire protection.
“This project, with its new storm sewers and raised streets, will go a long way in protecting this vulnerable community from large storms and flooding, thus improving the living conditions in Broad Channel,” state Senator Joseph Addabbo said. 
During the final restoration of the area, 2,500 feet of curbs and sidewalks were rebuilt and four new pedestrian ramps were added at Cross Bay Boulevard to improve safety and ADA accessibility.
“Today we have reached a great milestone for the Broad Channel community, who for years have fought to protect their residents from flooding and water damage from storms and other extreme weather events,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said. “By investing in innovative infrastructure measures now, we are preventing future loss of homes and property, and saving ourselves millions of dollars in the long run. This victory today was only achieved through hard work on a granular level: constant phone calls with all stakeholders, meetings with contractors and individual homeowners, and numerous information sessions led by Dan Mundy Jr. and the Civic Association.”
To manage the needs of residents and businesses during phase two construction, DDC has a full-time Community Construction Liaison assigned to the project. Anna Killion keeps the neighborhood apprised of construction progress, coordinates street closures and utility shut-offs, and can arrange special requests such as deliveries to local homes and businesses. Killion works on-site and can be reached at 347-374-0930 or by email at