Aug 01, 2020
Multiple Cities Break High Temperature Records As Fire Weather Threatens Southland
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Record temperatures were set in the Southland Friday as the area entered its second day of a heatwave.
Anaheim tied its old 2000 record with a high of 97 degrees, and Palm Springs tied its 1957 record with a high of 122 degrees.
San Jacinto also broke a record with a high of 108 degrees, surpassing the old record of 105 degrees from 2014.
The National Weather Service continued to warn of hot, very dry conditions — up to 107 degrees in valley areas — with humidity levels in the single digits, and strong gusty winds. No red flag warnings were issued.
“Dangerously hot conditions are possible, especially away from the coast, Thursday through Saturday as strong high pressure builds over the region. The hottest day is expected to be Friday when many valley locations will see temperatures above 100 degrees,” according to the NWS.
The agency advised residents to restrict outdoor activities to early morning or evening hours, wear loose, lightweight clothing of light colors, and drink plenty of fluids other than coffee or alcohol.
People are also reminded to never leave children, the elderly and pets in an enclosed car, even with the windows down during this heat.
A heat advisory will be in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday in the San Gabriel, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, and, in Orange County, in inland cities and the Santa Ana Mountains below 5,000 feet, plus the foothills. No special advisories were issued for the Antelope Valley because temperatures of 100+ there are not regarded as unusual.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a heat alert that will be in effect through Monday in the Antelope Valley, through Sunday in the western San Fernando Valley and through Saturday in the eastern San Gabriel Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley.
Amid the “elevated fire danger,” the Weather Service urged area residents to avoid burning trash or brush outdoors, parking vehicles on dry grass or leaving a burning grill unattended.
The Angeles National Forest fire danger level will be “extreme” Saturday, and no campfires will be allowed anywhere in the forest,
Temperatures are expected to be slightly cooler tomorrow “but not by much,” CBSLA’s Amber Lee said. Temps will be “down one or two degrees in some spots while others will see one or two degrees warmers.”
“A gradual cool-down begins Sunday into the middle of next week,” Lee said.
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Barriers Up, Beaches Closed as Storm Isaias Threatens NYC
By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is putting up storm barriers to protect its famed South Street Seaport, officials are warning of heavy rain and flooding, and commuter train service to and from Connecticut is being reduced with Tropical Storm Isaias expected to hit the Northeastern U.S. on Tuesday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said forecast models show the Seaport section of Lower Manhattan getting the worst of the storm and that the temporary barriers being installed Monday along that stretch of the East River will protect its cobblestone streets and historic structures from what's projected to be up to 2 feet of storm surge.
The barriers are among several preparedness and resiliency measures the city has put in place in the nearly eight years since Superstorm Sandy inundated streets and subway tunnels with seawater, knocked out power to part of Manhattan and left coastal communities from Queens to Staten Island in ruins. The Seaport area was hit with about 4 feet of storm surge during Sandy, de Blasio said.
The storm is the latest crisis in a region already grappling with the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including a summer of social distancing and uncertainty about school in the fall, and weeks of sometimes fitful protests over police misconduct.
“I want to encourage all New Yorkers take this storm seriously,” de Blasio said at a waterfront news briefing Monday. “Please take precautions. Please look out for your neighbors. If anyone needs help, make sure you’re there for them because this is the kind of thing that comes on fast and people need to be ready.”
Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs) was forecast to strengthen and hit the Carolinas on Monday as a minimal hurricane before weakening and moving into the New York area on Tuesday, where the National Weather Service says it'll bring several inches of rain and possibly wind gusts up to 70 mph. The heaviest rain in the city is expected from noon to 2 p.m.
All city beaches will be closed to swimming, though surfing will be allowed in some areas. No lifeguards will be on duty, but parks department staff will be patrolling the coastline for scofflaw swimmers, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said.
Metro-North will operate its commuter trains on a weekend schedule Tuesday with hourly service on most lines, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. Trains will run every two hours on the northern end of the Harlem Line in New York and every three hours on the Danbury branch in Connecticut.
Tandem trailers and empty tractor trailers will be banned from most bridges in the city from noon to midnight Tuesday and speed restrictions could be put in place on the George Washington Bridge and Staten Island crossings, officials said. Subways and buses will continue to run, but some system maintenance could be suspended.
In preparing for the storm, the city sent crews to clear catch basins in flood-prone areas over the weekend and will have teams positioned during the storm to quickly respond to problems, Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell said.
“That’s something that we actually didn’t do during Sandy,” she said. “I think it’ll make a big impact on how we respond here.”
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