ABC News(NEW YORK) — A slow-moving storm system is sliding up the East Coast Saturday and bringing rain and some mixed precipitation to the Northeast.After bringing heavy rain and flooding to parts of the south central U.S. earlier this week, the storm system brought strong winds to parts of Tennessee on Friday, with trees and some damage reported near Morristown.Wind gusts of 40 mph to nearly 50 mph were reported in northern and central Florida on Friday afternoon.The storm was bringing heavy rain to parts of the Northeast on Saturday morning. Locally heavy rainfall could cause isolated flash flooding through the morning hours in areas like New York City; Scranton, Pennsylvania; and Hartford, Connecticut. Some of the moisture is mixing with freezing rain and snow so slick roads are possible Saturday morning on I-90 and I-86.While one storm is not notable, this is the third straight week the East Coast has dealt with rain after one of the wettest years on record in the East in 2018.The storm will begin to slide to the north and east late Saturday, dragging the precipitation behind it. Cooler air wrapping around the storm will cause some lake effect snow on Sunday across parts of the interior Northeast. Snow accumulations are expected to remain light.Series of storms to impact West CoastA series of storms is set to bring widespread heavy rain, heavy mountain snow and strong gusty winds to the western U.S. over the next few days.The first storm is forecast to come ashore in California on Saturday. As the first storm comes ashore, strong winds are likely in parts of central and northern California, as well as much of Oregon. Wind advisories and high wind warnings and watches have been issued for these regions for gusts of 25 to 40 mph, with some gusts near 60 mph. Power outages and downed trees are possible in San Francisco, Portland and Sacramento.Rain and gusty winds are expected in Southern California as well, with high surf along the beaches, and heavy snow possible in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Locally, 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible.By Sunday, heavy mountain snow will fall as far inland as Colorado, while another system sneaks in right behind it in Northern California.Major travel delays, with near white-out conditions are possible through Monday in the Sierra Mountains and Northern California. Travel is highly discouraged. Locally, 50 inches of snow will be possible in the highest elevations and 1 to 3 feet of snow are likely across many of the mountains.Another wet storm is forecast to arrive on the West Coast by Tuesday.Mild weather settles into central USMeanwhile, in the central U.S., it will be another mild day on Saturday. Temperatures across parts of the high plains and into parts of the upper Midwest are forecast to be 10 to 20 degrees above average.Considering it is nearing the coldest time of the year in much of the Northern Hemisphere this mild weather pattern is notable.It looks like the pattern will keep in place through much of the upcoming week. There are no major cold blasts in sight for much of the country through at least the middle of the month.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Sam Pesin, PresidentFriends of LSP Dear Editor: Liberty State Park is again severely threatened by Governor Christie’s Department of Environmental Protection, which has made public-be-damned destructive backroom plans, this time to lease Liberty State Park’s entire south side for a second marina, a “millionaires’ marina” on the non-commercial, peaceful family picnicking side of the park right behind Lady Liberty.The DEP Commissioner must have public hearings and a public comment period for this major privatization and commercialization plan. This massive south side marina plan would ruin LSP’s “Central Park” true purpose of people’s enjoyment of the peaceful openness of our urban waterfront haven for picnics, jogging, walking, bicycling, fishing, relaxing and taking in the expansive open harbor views looking southward toward the Verrazano Bridge.We urge all who care about LSP’s future to email NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin at [email protected] and/or call him at (609) 292-2885 to oppose this LSP south side marina and to demand public hearings and a public comment period. As a former NJDEP Commissioner asserted, “there must be a broad public consensus for any plans for LSP”. We also urge all public officials to speak out against this 11th hour Governor Christie unethical attack on urban families just wanting to enjoy the inspiring panoramic views in their “urban backyard.”This obscene giveaway would radically wreck the deep American connection to the South Overlook Lawn with its Flag Plaza, the original picnic area and the jetties. This marina will destroy the use and spirit of the priceless area behind Lady Liberty. The LSP Caven Point Natural Area with its wildlife and scenic walkway would also be harmed.This marina would inevitably confiscate parking spaces. On summer weekends, the two free lots are already packed. People’s free waterfront pleasures would also be negatively impacted by the marina’s blocking treasured harbor views, by loud motors and boaters’ loud partying music.Please raise your voices again to protect LSP for us and future generations!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York East End freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has written a joint letter with Tea Party ultra-conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to slam President Obama for letting his former campaign field director get involved with Israel’s upcoming elections.Signed by both men, the Jan. 29 letter criticizes the role of Jeremy Bird, who worked on both Obama’s successful presidential campaigns, for helping organizers of V15 or “Victory 2015” in their fight to replace Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the right-wing leader of the Likud government. The two politicians also sought to make an issue of V15’s partnership with OneVoice, a nonprofit group that twice got grants from the U.S. Department of State last year. In a recent article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, cited by Cruz and Zeldin, Bird was mentioned for having brought in a research team that “has really ignited sparks” in V15’s effort.“Of course private American citizens are free to engage in political activities according to their inclinations,” write Zeldin and Cruz, “but given the overtly partisan nature of this particular case, we are deeply concerned by the relationship that also exists between OneVoice and the U.S. Department of State.”Titled “Has President Obama Launched a Political Campaign Against Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu,” this letter marks the first time Zeldin has signed on with a senator to weigh in on a hot-button issue. Cruz may not be a household name on Long Island because he did not appear with Zeldin as he campaigned in the East End’s First District. But as long-time political observer Elizabeth Drew wrote recently in The New York Review of Books, “Ted Cruz has set himself up as the leader of the handful of Tea Party members in the Senate but he also brought pressure on House members last year to back the government shutdown.”Cruz and Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in the House, are calling upon Secretary of State John Kerry to make “a thorough investigation.” They say they’re worried that U.S. taxpayer funds “are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election—and specifically to campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu—something all would agree would be highly inappropriate.”But when Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month, weeks before the Israeli election on March 17—and did so without informing the White House or the State Department—the administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill were quick to call it a direct interference in that country’s election. They pointed out that the surreptitious invitation was orchestrated by the current Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, a former Republican political operative, born in America, who is so close to Netanyahu that he is known as “Bibi’s brain,” according to The New York Times. Dermer cut his teeth in GOP politics starting in 1994 during the Republican takeover of Congress under Rep. Newt Gingrich.In the November elections, Zeldin, a major in the Army Reserve who served in Iraq, rode a nationwide Republican wave to victory over six-term incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent. In 2008, when the two men first ran against each other, Bishop handily defeated Zeldin 58 percent to 42 percent, but that was a presidential election year when turnout was high, especially for Democrats.In the 2014 mid-terms, only 28.8 percent of the eligible population voted in New York—the fourth lowest in the country in a year that saw the lowest voter turnout in 70 years, according to The New York Times—when Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the top of the ballot running for re-election. Cuomo, a lifelong Democrat, apparently had very short coattails. By contrast, Zeldin may have benefited in his race from Speaker Boehner, who made two campaign appearances for him: a fundraiser in Bridgehampton and another in Farmingville.Maybe when Zeldin’s up for re-election in 2016, some observers wonder, he’ll be spending time on the campaign trail with Cruz.