Long Island Blizzard: Updated Forecast Calls for 18 Inches of Snow

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo was updating residents on the state’s plan to battle the first winter storm of the season, forecasters upgraded their projected snowfall total for parts of Long Island to up to 18 inches.That update comes after meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s Upton office for the last day have predicted up to a foot of snow for the region. However, the agency throughout the week has warned that the storm’s track was uncertain meaning forecasts could change, either for the better or worse. Officials have said that their major concern with this Nor’easter is the potential for flooding in coastal areas. Parts of the Island are also under a coastal flooding warning.“Flooding can do tremendous tremendous damage, as we’ve learned the hard way,” Cuomo said.Also causing angst among officials is near-zero visibility on roadways due to expected blowing snow and whipping winds.The duel effect of potentially serious flooding in low-lying areas and heavy snow throughout means municipalities will have to deploy resources to battle the storm on many fronts.Cuomo’s message to residents was to stay at home because stalled or abandoned vehicles put first responders in harm’s way.The massive Nor’easter is threatening much of the mid-Atlantic with upwards of two feet of snow. More than 4,500 flights have been cancelled due to inclement weather. Area airports have also begun cancelling flights, including LaGuardia Airport (700) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (350). Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said he expects all airlines to waive rebooking fees.All flights out of Long Island MacArthur Airport will be cancelled by 7:35 p.m. Friday and will resume again Sunday afternoon, but departure times vary depending on airline. While officials are warning residents about traveling by car, the Long Island Rail Road has not made plans to halt operations but could modify or suspend service depending on snow accumulation and if sustained winds become greater than 39 mph.Cuomo said agencies have beefed up their ranks as they brace for the storm, including PSEG Long Island, which has nearly 1,000 personnel on standby.Hundreds of pieces of snow-fighting equipment is headed down to help battle the storm, including more than 1,000 operators and supervisors, dozens of plows, and a half-dozen vacuum trucks outfitted with sewer jets destined for LI to help relieve flooding.“You hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” Cuomo said. “But we are preparing for a significant occurrence.”Officials in Nassau County echoed Cuomo’s plea to heed warnings.“We are asking our motorists, should the storm stay on track, please do not take to the roads.”Mangano urged residents to use its non-emergency hotline in non-life-threatening circumstances. The number is 1-800-315-5153. The hotline will be activated 8 p.m. Friday.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone encouraged residents to shelter in place, saying “this is a real storm that does pose risks.” Despite the bleak outlook he chose to look on the bright side.“It is fortunate that this storm is hitting at this time, on a weekend” when people will be at home and not traveling to work, Bellone said. Suffolk’s non-emergency hotline is 631-852-4900. SICK OF ALL THE COLD WEATHER? #BLIZZARD2016 GOT YOU DOWN? MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY WHILE BOOKING TRAVEL PLANS FOR YOU, YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TO WARM, EXOTIC DESTINATIONS ALL AROUND THE WORLD!Download the “Questions Answered” Agent eBook:last_img read more

Dodgers place Howie Kendrick on DL, recall blue-chipper Jose Peraza

first_imgBeing swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend carried a heavy price tag for the Dodgers.Second baseman Howie Kendrick, one of the team’s more dependable hitters and fielders in 2015, strained his left hamstring Sunday night legging out an infield single and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.Kendrick just finished the recent six-game roadtrip with a .407 batting average. He is tied with Cincinnati’s Joey Votto for the National League lead with 38 multi-hit games and ranks seventh in the league with 124 hits.VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly breaks down Howie Kendrick injury and team’s plan going forward. VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly breaks down new prospect Jose PerazaMattingly said Hernandez will likely get the bulk of playing time with Kendrick out, but that Peraza will get some looks. Utilityman Alberto Callaspo, who has played mostly third base, will also get more chances at second base. Hernandez has posted a slash line of .429/.520/.810 since the All-Star break, going 9 for 21 with two doubles, two homers and five RBIs in 11 games. He has the highest batting average in the majors against left-handers.“Howie is a big loss for us, but we have some guys who are capable, who are going to get opportunities,” Mattingly said. “Kike has earned the first shot at second base, but we’re still going to use Kike all over.”Beleaguered bullpenThe Dodgers have the highest bullpen ERA in the majors since the All-Star break. They are coming off a disheartening loss to the Pirates in Sunday’s finale, unable to avoid the sweep after holding a 5-1 lead before Jim Johnson imploded during the Pirates’ nine-run seventh inning.Yet Mattingly is not jumping the sinking ship, pointing to the fact the bullpen threw four scoreless innings Saturday against the Pirates.VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflects on struggling bullpen“I’m not getting the ‘bullpen has been so bad’ thing,” Mattingly said. “(Sunday) was not so good, but the day before, they threw four scorless. We’ve got confidence in our guys. We feel like we have guys with good arms, with good stuff and good track records. We feel like they are going to do the job.”Mattingly said that includes newly acquired Jim Johnson, who has allowed a run in all four of his appearances as a Dodger. In fact, he has allowed 12 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings for a staggering ERA of 29.45.But Johnson had only allowed 12 earned runs in 48 innings with the Braves before the trade.“I still like Jim and we still like him as an organization,” Mattingly said. “We are still going to show him confidence, and we feel like he’s going to be a big part of us.”Around the hornSigns point toward Wednesday as the return date for third baseman Justin Turner, who is on the disabled list after sustaining a leg infection. … The Dodgers announced they have voided the option of pitcher Carlos Frias and returned him to the disabled list (right, low back tightness) retroactive to Aug. 2). … The Dodgers used Mike Bolsinger out of the bullpen in Triple-A Oklahoma City, but Mattingly said they still view his role as a starter and is the next guy up if a starter gets hurt. “We know it’s going to be bad enough where we have to DL him for the hamstring, but we’re not sure about how severe it is,” Mattingly said. “Hamstrings are never 3-4 days. It’s going to be a couple of weeks.”The Dodgers’ immediate response was to recall recently acquired blue-chip prospect Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he hit .385 (15 for 39) with a homer and four RBIs in 10 games since the trade.Peraza, part of the three-team, 13-player trade with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins on July 30, was penciled in to play second base and bat second in Mattingly’s extreme right-handed lineup to combat left-hander Gio Gonzalez.Overall, between Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett and the Dodgers’ Triple-A Oklahoma City, Peraza is hitting .302 with four homers, 41 RBIs and 27 steals.“Jose plays second, short and center. He’s playing second in the last couple of years, so we are going to try to keep him as comfortable as possible,” Mattingly said. “He’s similar to Kike (Hernandez) in that he can play all over. We are going to put him in the best spots to have success.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more