Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County is bracing for a powerful winter storm that may bring blizzard-like conditions to the region.Nassau County is bracing for the region’s first major winter storm to pound the area Friday and is organizing its fleet of plows and payload trucks in preparation, as the municipality still weathers infrastructure damages leftover from Superstorm Sandy.“We are at the ready to keep our roads clear,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said at a press conference in Hicksville Thursday. “We are preparing for a significant storm.”The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for Suffolk County beginning Friday afternoon and lasting until Saturday afternoon. Nassau County remains under a winter storm watch.UPDATE: Blizzard warning issued for all of Long IslandMeteorologists are predicting that Suffolk will take the brunt of the storm with wind gusts topping 60 mph and heavy snow, with accumulation possible of eight to 12 inches. The weather service is calling for six to 10 inches of snow in Nassau.The weather service warned that the storm has the potential of bringing down tree limbs and causing scattered power outages, and can create whiteout conditions causing limited visibility on roadways.Nassau is set to deploy more than 175 personnel to clear roadways, 85 plows and 16 payload trucks, the county said.Mangano warned of a messy commute Friday morning as a mix of snow and rain hits the area overnight. The National Weather Service predicted snow accumulation of less than one inch Friday morning but noted there’s a possibility of heavy rain before 9 a.m. with wind gusts as high as 28 mph.Snow is expected to begin again 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through the night.The potential blizzard has also revived the discussion about Long Island Power Authority’s response to Superstorm Sandy and the tongue lashing the utility received from ratepayers and officials, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.When Mangano was asked Thursday if he’s concerned about LIPA’s storm response he said, “Absolutely.”“The concern is obviously there,” he added, “certainly the assets have not been hardened since Hurricane Sandy,” noting the strong winds last week that knocked out power to more than 30,000 LIPA customers throughout the island.LIPA did not return calls for comment about storm preparation.The county executive also shed light on infrastructure vulnerabilities and economic woes that face municipalities affected by Sandy because many local governments are still waiting on federal funding before repairs can be green-lighted.“We went through a terrible, terrible hurricane,” Mangano said. “There’s obviously significant work that needs to be done to harden our infrastructure, and quite frankly the dollars that are necessary to do that have not begun to flow so you can really get to work on these items and we’re trying to peddle fast and advocate hard.”As for the storm, the National Weather Service said heavy snow would make for dangerous driving conditions, noting that visibility may be limited to half a mile.A message left for a Suffolk County spokeswoman was not returned.
The latest edition of the online newsletter Touch-e-Talk is available for reading here:TOUCH-e-TALK, ISSUE 5, AUGUST EDITION 2005 This month’s edition is full of stories on the All Nations, Volunteers of the Month, a profile on Cathy Gray (a member of our National Technical Panel) and plenty more info for coaches and players.
Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Awards Night at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday night. Rod Wise MedalBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch AssociationAffiliate of the Year Southern SunsWollongong Touch Association Sydney RebelsBankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsWestern Suburbs Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsHills Hornets Touch AssociationManly Warringah Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsCentral Coast Touch Association Northern EaglesMacksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Affiliate of the Year Hills Hornets Touch Association Manly Warringah Touch Association Administrator of the YearSouthern SunsSteve Dunn – Goulburn Touch Association Sydney RebelsMette Kitona – Bankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsJoe Dougal – Balmain Juniors Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsKathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Northern EaglesCraig Englert – Macksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Administrator of the YearBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Kathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Region of the YearHunter Western HornetsNSWTA Team of the YearCanterbury Women’s Premier LeagueNSWTA Male Player of the YearSam Brisby – Manly Warringah Sea EaglesNSWTA Female Player of the YearClaire Tandek – Canterbury Bulldogs NSWTA Junior Male Player of the YearKai Simbolon – Parramatta Eels NSWTA Junior Female Player of the YearHannah Dyball – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NSWTA Senior Male Player of the YearMark Hearnden NSWTA Senior Female Player of the YearKirsty Wakely – Eastern Suburbs Roosters NSWTA Selector of the YearTim Kitchingham – Sydney ScorpionsNSWTA Coach of the YearPeter Forrester – Canterbury Touch Association NSWTA Junior Coach of the Year Janine Hinds – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Blues AwardsRob Barakat Debbie Maxwell Jenny Swain Craig Egginton Anthony Jack Satoru Ozawa Wendy Osborne Luke Lawrence Julie Robinson Linda Simbolon Peter Goodwin Adam Cooper Brent Streep Melinda Cotter Colin Crampton John Lochrin Lauren Campbell Nev Gear Annie Tolhurst Paul Murphy Tanya Murphy Kaylene Price Cath Salmon Steve Dunn Corrine May John May Greg SmithKath Swanson Marina Pappas Nathan Richardson Paul Cini Tracey Honeyman Wayne Goodchild Boland Medal WinnerBen MoylanSmith Medal WinnerTara MohiMitchell stars at NSW Blues Dinner – http://www.nswtouch.com.au/mitchell-stars-at-nswta-blues-dinner/ Stay tuned to the NSW Touch Association website and social media pages for further coverage of the NSWTA Blues Awards night and the 2015 State Conference:Website – www.nswtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch #nswtabluesnightInstagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSWTA Blues Awards