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Severe thunderstorms, flash flooding expected this afternoon


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While many residents were still traveling to work, thermometers had already hit 90 degrees, with triple digit temperatures and severe thunderstorms still in store.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for until 6 p.m. with the heat index expected to reach 105.

New Yorkers will begin to get relief tomorrow when temperatures return to the mid-80s, but not before severe thunderstorms pass through the area.

The recent high heat and humidity has created an unstable atmosphere, this will lead to intense storms, the NWS said.  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Queens.

Rain will begin falling between 2 – 4p.m. Large hail and winds up to 60 mph are possible, the NWS said, and up to two inches of rail may result in flash floods.

 

Fourth heat wave bakes city


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New Yorkers will have to deal with two more days of temperatures approaching 100 degrees before getting a break from the sweltering weather.

Stifling heat will blanket the area over the next two days as temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-90s today. High humidity will make the climate feel closer to 100 degrees.  Wednesday temperatures will near 100 with the heat index near 105.

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this is the fourth heat wave this season that has had 16 days of temperatures above 90 degrees this year.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat advisory for the potentially dangerous hot spell. The advisory will last through tomorrow night.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, the NWS said.

Tips to keep your pets safe in the heat

Cooling centers will be open throughout the city tomorrow offering an escape from the sweltering heat. Click here to find the one nearest you. 

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

 

Wave of crimes hit Queens with heat wave


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In a week filled with shootings throughout the city, Queens did not remain bulletproof.

Between July 4 and July 7, the borough had four deaths, one man critically wounded and an MTA cop suffering a sight-threatening injury.

Councilmember Peter Vallone, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said this spike in citywide crime comes from several factors.

“It’s a pretty simple equation: fewer cops plus more criminals equals more crime,” he said.

Because of budget cuts, Vallone said, the NYPD has fewer cops covering more crimes. He also mentioned the state’s repeal of the Rockefeller era drug laws. These factors — along with soaring temperatures — were causing a higher-than-normal spike in crimes, he said.

On early Saturday, July 7, three men were fatally shot, and a fourth wounded, in Jamaica. Police said were two shooters — one of whom fired 63 rounds from an AK-47. This was one of several shootings or stabbings to take place over what was considered the Fourth of July weekend. At deadline, police said there still had been no arrests and the investigation was ongoing.

It was reported that the Jeep Grand Cherokee the men occupied was double parked as it dropped a friend off. The men were followed, several newspapers reported, after one had reportedly given a look to a woman at a Brooklyn night club.

Vallone said it was rare to see an AK-47 being used, and attributed it to the federal government not cracking down on gun laws. The three-term councilmember said he’d already set forth a resolution to get rid of what he called loopholes in purchasing guns, such as background checks not required at gun shows or online through sites like Craigslist.

A few days earlier, Edgar Owens — who had a history of attacking cops — came at MTA officer John Barnett at the Jamaica LIRR station on the morning of July 4. Owens stabbed Barnett, who has served as an MTA cop for almost 13 years, in the left eye. Had the stab been an inch deeper, an MTA spokesperson said, the knife would have hit his brain.

Despite the injury, Barnett was still able draw his weapon and fire four shots at the attacker, hitting him in the chest, jaw and hip, according to an MTA press release.

Barnett was released from the hospital the following day to the applause of fellow officers. An MTA spokesperson said there has not been any prognosis as to his eye. And though he is due for reconstructive surgery, it is unclear yet if he will regain his sight.

Weekend Roundup


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3 men killed in barrage of bullets in Queens

Three men died in blizzard of bullets early Saturday when a nightclub dispute over a girl spilled into the Queens streets, police and friends of the victims said. A fourth man was wounded around 5 a.m. when an unknown gunman fired 63 shots in from an AK-47 into a double-parked Jeep Grand Cherokee outside 185-4 144th Ave., police said. Read more: Daily News

Two girls groped in Flushing branch of Queens Library

Police were searching Friday for a man wanted for allegedly groping two girls at a Queens Library branch last month. Authorities said the suspect touched a six-year-old and a nine-year-old inappropriately at the downtown Flushing branch on Main Street on June 23. Read More: NY1

Frozen meat and poultry recalled over listeria concern

Buona Vita Inc. is recalling various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, federal officials announced. The problem was discovered through microbiological testing by FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). There have not been any reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider. Read More: ABC

Report: Knicks intend to match Jeremy Lin’s offer from Houston

They say everything is bigger in Texas. We’ll soon find out concerning Jeremy Lin’s contract. The restricted free-agent point guard and the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms on a four-year offer, according to multiple reports. Read More: CBS

Talks between Con Ed, union continue as heat wave bakes city

As the temperature rises, so does the risk of power outages, a fact that is magnified with Con Edison workers locked out as contract talks continue. Temperatures are forecasted to reach 100 degrees on Saturday, and with 8,500 workers locked out, the task of maintaining the system — which can be strained in the heat — falls to 5,000 management personnel. Read More: Queens Courier

Talks between Con Ed, union continue as heat wave bakes city


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As the temperature rises, so does the risk of power outages, a fact that is magnified with Con Edison workers locked out as contract talks continue.

Temperatures are forecasted to reach 100 degrees on Saturday, and with 8,500 workers locked out, the task of maintaining the system — which can be strained in the heat — falls to 5,000 management personnel.

“We have to be prepared for anything in the hot weather,” said Con Ed spokesperson Sara Banda. “We have 5,000 management personnel, half of which came from the union.”

The company said voltage reductions are possible throughout the borough as a precaution as the heat increases, though there are none currently in Queens.

Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2, which represents the locked out workers, said that in the sweltering heat, it’s only a matter of time before the heat wave affects service.

“God forbid something happens. The grid is under strain in the hot weather. You can see it from the voltage reduction,” said union spokesperson John Melia of the reductions in other parts of the city.

“[The locked out workers’] belief is that sooner or later — with this kind of heat — Con Ed will be overwhelmed and then that puts public lives in danger.”

Banda said Con Ed’s staff is ready for any emergency, but did not want to speculate on large scale outages.

Talks continued between Con Ed and the union today, thought little progress was made, Melia said.

Record high temperatures expected in Queens


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Less than a month into summer, New York City is already in the midst of its third heat wave with triple digit temperatures still on the way.

Temperatures are expected to hit 100 tomorrow — which would match the record high — with the heat index closer to 110. Average temperatures for this time of year are in the mid 80s.

The last time LaGuardia Airport reached 100 degrees was July 22 of last year.

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Queens has already recorded more than 10 days with temperatures above 90 this year.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat watch for the potentially dangerous hot spell.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, according to the NWS.

Tips to keep your pets safe in the heat

Cooling centers will be open throughout the city tomorrow offering an escape from the sweltering heat. Click here to find the one nearest you. 

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management has offered some tips to staying cool:

New Yorkers should heed the following tips to stay cool during this week’s extreme heat:

• Use an air conditioner if you have one.

• If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as a store, mall, museum, movie theater, or friend/family member’s air-conditioned home, or visit a cooling center.

• Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place.

• Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.

• Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar.

• Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car.

• Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.

• Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.

 

Heat wave continues to bake city, relief may be on the way


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New Yorkers have one more day of suffocating heat before temperatures return to near normal.

After two day of heat approaching 100 degrees, today’s temperature is forecasted to stay in the mid-90s.

Thunderstorms are forecasted to begin late this afternoon.  This weekend temperatures are expected to fall back into the 80s.

The National Weather Service has issued another heat advisory that will remain in effect until 7 p.m.

If possible, residents should avoid strenuous activities as much as possible in the heat.

The city has again opened up hundreds of cooling centers in the five boroughs.

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

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The heat is also still affecting many residents electricity. More than a dozen Queens neighborhoods face a 5 percent voltage reduction and more than 200 residents are without power.

“The idea is to prevent a larger scale problem,” a Con Ed spokesperson said about the reduction. “It takes pressure off the system while the issue is repaired.”

The voltage reduction is due to problems with electrical equipment.

The neighborhoods affected are Auburndale, Bayside, Broad Channel, College Point, Douglaston, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Lindenwood, Little Neck, Murray Hill, Ozone Park, Queensborough Hill, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Whitestone and Woodhaven.

 

Hundreds of Queens residents without power


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The heat wave baking Queens, has left more than 500 residents without electricity.

The power outages are scattered throughout the borough.

Last night, Con Edison announced they were beginning voltage reductions to more than a dozen neighborhoods throughout the borough due to electrical equipment problems.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.

“A lot of customers don’t even notice voltage reductions that low,” a spokesperson said.

The reduction is occurring in Auburndale, Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, College Point, Douglaston, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Murray Hill, Queensborough Hill, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans and Whitestone.

“The idea is to prevent a larger scale problem,” the spokesperson said. “It takes pressure off the system while the issue is repaired.”

Jackson Heights has been hit the hardest by outages, with more than 400 people without power. Con Ed’s outage map stated the reason for the outage is a manhole problem.

The map says that the problem should be repaired by noon.