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Tornado touches down in Queens and Brooklyn

September 8, 2012 Comments off

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A terrifying tornado touched down briefly in Queens and Brooklyn Saturday  morning, destroying property, disrupting plans and terrifying residents all over  the city.

A black tunnel cloud accompanied by howling winds screamed into south  Brooklyn and Queens at around 11 a.m., with reports of the potent storm hitting  the ground on the Rockaway Peninsula and Carnarsie.

“I saw a big gray cloud coming and ran to my basement with my son,” said  Diane Tye, 36, an office manager from Breezy Point who scooped up her son Dylan,  2, and ran to her house when she saw the tunnel cloud approach.

“It was very Read more…

NYPD Forces Retina Scan on Occupy Wall Street Activists

March 22, 2012 Comments off

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It remains unclear whether there is compelling state interest in forcing retina scans on peaceful protesters exercising their right to free speech in a public place, but that’s just what the New York Police Department is doing to the Occupy Wall Street activists.

Over 90 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Saturday afternoon, and some were arraigned yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court, but not before learning that the cost of their bail would spike exponentially — or that the opportunity to post bail would be denied arbitrarily – if protesters did not submit to retina scans.

Activists and lawyers alike were surprised yesterday to learn that Read more…

Exclusive: Elaborate New York City Post-9/11 Security

September 10, 2011 Comments off

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Surveillance Cameras (file / credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Surveillance Cameras (file / credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS 2)— The latest terror threat has come out just as a brand new CBS/New York Times poll shows 1 out of 3 New Yorkers still thinks about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks at least once a week.

CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer has an exclusive look at the city’s post-9/11 security.

There are radiation detection boats in the waters, cameras that have been placed all over lower and Midtown Manhattan and there are cops with guns and tanks and all kinds of weapons, because in New York a terror attack could come from anywhere, and anyone.

“There’s no shortage of people who are willing to give up their lives for the cause,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

It’s been 10 years but our concerns about terrorism are still staggering and constant. Even the death of Osama bin Laden didn’t Read more…

Sept. 11 rescuers deserve to know the whole truth

September 1, 2011 Comments off

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Many of us read with both astonishment and anger recently that 90,000 firefighters, peace officers, construction workers and volunteers — including those who ran toward the burning buildings during the Sept. 11 attack to rescue survivors — will not be allowed at the 10-year Ground Zero Commemoration. Of course, presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will be present to make big speeches in front of the cameras, as will politicians from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Worse, according to the Huffington Post, emergency responders who do not go through a terrorism background check would be denied treatment for cancer and other ailments under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law.

“It’s comical at best, and I think it’s an insult to Read more…

Before Hurricane Irene hits, New York planning to shut down transportation system, evacuate areas

August 26, 2011 Comments off

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Astronaut Ron Garan tweeted this picture of Hurricane Irene from the International Space Station (NASA)The city is planning to shut down the entire transportation system on Saturday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene‘s arrival, officials revealed Thursday.

A mandatory evacuation of all nursing homes in flood-prone areas of the city was also ordered Thursday.

The monster storm is expected hit New York as a Category 1 storm sometime Sunday, barreling in with winds of 90 miles-per-hour and torrential rains.

Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday that it was “very conceivable” that he will order a mandatory evacuation of all low-lying areas of the city by Saturday.

“The storm is predicted to be very dangerous,” the mayor said.

As the storm finished ravaging the Bahamas Thursday and set its Read more…

US east coast on hurricane alert- New York City in direct path

August 24, 2011 Comments off

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The United States is on a high alert as Hurricane Irene builds momentum along its path from the Caribbean towards the US east coast.

“We’re going to have a very large tropical cyclone move up the eastern seaboard over the next five to seven days,” Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center, said on Wednesday.

But Read said it was too early to be certain where Irene would hit the coastline.

Latest data showed the hurricane strengthening back into a category two storm as it moved closer to Read more…

New York breaks city’s rainfall record with nearly eight inches soaking city

August 16, 2011 Comments off

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Staten Island was hit hard by the record rainfall on Sunday.

Nicholas Fevelo for News

Staten Island was hit hard by the record rainfall on Sunday.

New York broke an all-time record for a one-day rainfall Sunday as up to 8 inches of water soaked the city, snarling trains and flooding roadways.

By 9 p.m., 7.7 inches of rain had fallen at Kennedy Airport.

It was the most recorded there in a single day since the National Weather Service began keeping records 116 years ago.

The heavy tropical rain is expected to continue Monday, and a flash flood warning is in effect until 9 p.m.

The normal rainfall for all of August in New York is 4 inches – which means the city was socked with two months worth of rain in a single day.

“This is what you would expect in a major hurricane,” said Steve Wistar, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.

Kennedy Airport’s old one-day rainfall record, 6.3 inches, set on June 30, 1984, fell by noon.
Central Park, where the city’s official rainfall total is recorded, saw Read more…