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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A blizzard is forecast to dump more than three feet of snow on Long Island with wind gusts up to 65 mph starting Monday, with the blowing snow potentially causing whiteout conditions.The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning from 1 p.m. Monday to 12 a.m. Wednesday for Nassau and Suffolk counties, where 24 to 36 inches is possible, forecasters said. There is also a coastal flood watch in effect from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.“Heaviest snow and strongest winds will occer overnight Monday into Tuesday,” meteorologists from the agency’s Upton office said in a statement, which added that the storm could be crippling, historic and life threatening. “Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”The same storm is expected to impact the Mid-West before blanketing parts of New England. It may be the biggest storm to hit the region since a blizzard dumped a record-breaking nearly three feet of snow on parts of LI two years ago.The blizzard warning means the heavy snowfall is likely to combine with sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph may reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile or less at times. The storm is likely to cancel flights, make driving dangerous and could impact Long Island Rail Road service.When the storm is expected to hit Monday afternoon, temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s with wind chill values in the teens. Those temps are predicted to hold through Tuesday, when it may drop down into the teens after sundown.Once the storm passes, Wednesday is forecast  to be sunny before a 30-percent chance of snow returns Thursday night. The weekend forecast includes sunny skies in the 30s for Friday and Saturday.last_img read more


first_img Share A tsunami has struck Hawaii hours after the devastating earthquake off Japan, but with little damage reported. Thousands of people were evacuated from the outlying US state’s coastal areas ahead of the waves’ arrival at about 0307 local time (1307 GMT). US President Barack Obama said he was monitoring the threat to Hawaii, his home state, and the US West Coast which is expecting waves later on Friday. About 30,000 residents live in Hawaii’s coastal inundation zones.The first wave of the tsunami passed through Midway Island – a small atoll at the north-western end of the Hawaiian archipelago, about 500 miles (800km) from Hawaii’s main islands – at about 1125 GMT, bringing a wave of more than 8ft (2.4m), the local Star Advertiser newspaper reported. But waves were measured at 1.6ft at Nawiliwili on the island of Kauai and 2.3ft on Barbers Point on Oahu, local officials said. Earlier reports suggested waves of up to 6ft might hit Hawaii’s main islands.The governor of Hawaii ordered the evacuation of coastal areas and warned residents to take the threat seriously. The main airports on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii were shut down, and the US Navy ordered all warships in Pearl Harbor to remain in port in case they are needed for rescue missions.‘Difficult situation’ On the tourist hub in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, long queues built up at petrol stations overnight and reports said people were rushing to shops to stock up on emergency supplies and water. Central Honolulu and Waikiki were packed with motorists trying to leave for higher ground and for shelters set up by the state, Reuters reported. The tsunami was triggered by a massive earthquake which hit the north-east of Japan, at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.Seismologists say it is the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan since records began. A tsunami warning was extended across the Pacific to North and South America. The West Coast of the US is expecting any tsunami generated by the quake to hit land at 0745 local time (1545 GMT).Source: BBC News Sharing is caring! Tweet 9 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share News Japan earthquake: Hawaii struck by tsunami by: – March 11, 2011last_img read more

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