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that's what's making good morning. it is 4:30. the use of excessive force back in the spotlight today. new guidelines are expected to be released today for the nypd. also preparing more for your morning commute, the extra cash new jersey transit riders will have to shell out today. and we're tracking hurricane joaquin. it's now a category 3 storm and could get even stronger. >> yeah, the storm could bring a lot of rain. preparations under way from the jersey shore to long island. good morning, i'm ken rosato. >> and thank you for joining us, i'm shirleen alcot in for lori stokes. it is thursday, october 1st. you are never seven minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans here
now with exclusive accuweather forecast diswhrvment well, first things first. we have one storm that affects us today and then we have joaquin for sunday into monday, so let's get started with what's happening this morning. it's windy, it's cloudy, it's chilly, so you need the gear to keep you warm. you need the wind breaker, you need the sweater. it's 57 degrees. we're going to be 20, 25 degrees cooler today and it's windy. so we're looking at 57 murray hill, riverdale 54, whitestone 56. up to the north 48 monticello. so cooler, albeit, let's just call it colder air has poured in here from the north. you see the camera bouncing around here. hour wind. we'll be around 64. it's going to feel much cooler today. rain comes in later today and tonight, then it's windy, rainy tomorrow and then we've got some nasty weather for saturday and sunday, and that's not even from joaquin. so we're going to be talking about a lot of coastal flooding as well as inland flooding in the coming days, lasting into next week. all of that coming up in your accuweather seven-day forecast. heather o'rourke is here. how is it going out there?
>>reporter: well, bearer of bad news, i have a little bit of bad news, but nothing too terrible. talking the path trains, 15 minute delays to 33rd street. metro north running on or close to schedule. george washington bridge, you have that construction, lincoln and holland also construction and the george washington bridge inbound that lower level remains closed down. that's with overnight work. it should be taken care of shortly. we have street closures because of the u.n. general assembly, 44th, 45th, 46th, 49th, first avenue, all those closures still in place and street cleaning rules are in effect for today. ken, over to you. >> thank you very much, heather. it's 4:32. right now the jersey shore bracing for any issues related to hurricane joaquin, especially in areas hit hard by superstorm sandy. eyewitness news reporter kala rama live in seablight with more. >>reporter: hi, ken, good morning. you can see the wind is already whipping out here, but queue the bulldozers now because
we'll get ready to see those sand dunes grow on the beach. preps are well under way for this storm. take a look at this here. this was all yesterday, nearby the lakes, it's all set up. any bodies of water close tot ocean are being pumped to sea to avoid flooding. speaking of flooding, sandbags are available for most homeowners across the shore, and generators are something homeowners should think about over the next few days if they don't already have one. remember, these are all hard lessons learned from sandy just three short years ago in this area. and now this is what local towns here are doing for everyone out here, by the jersey shore, now here's what they want you to do for them. >> this is what we're asking you to do, get your cars off the street, make sure that everything is buckled down. if you have umbrellas open, if you have anything that could blow away, secure it. >>reporter: i'll tell you, we have our equipment out here and you can even see it blowing in these winds. so as they're expected to get even stronger, it is good
advice to follow, to bring all of that stuff inside and, hey, if the storm doesn't hit this area or it's not as bad as you thought, at least you're ready for winter, right? that's the bright side of it all. live from the jersey shore, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> kala, did you have to say winter? sheesh. if this storm does hit new york city, the mta says it is better prepared since having experienced superstorm sandy. there are new features in place at a subway stations threatened with flooding, including new steel storm doors, giant inflatable berms to keep flooding out of the tunnels. the mta says it learned an important lesson from sandy and it's worked the last three years to improve the entire transit system. >> in lower manhattan alone, there are 540 locations where water could potentially get into the subway system, staircases, vent shafts, manhole covers. it's going to be a lot stronger than it was three years ago. >> well, some riders are skeptical the mta could fix the damage created by sandy and make the changes necessary to
ensure that it doesn't happen again. and you can track hurricane joaquin at your fingertips. all you have to do is download the free accu track weather app for the iphone or android phones. 4:35. happening today, a fare hike for new jersey transit bus and rail fares will increase by about 9%, marking the fifth increase for commuters since 2002. n.j. transit officials say the increases are needed to close a $60 million budget gap. we'll get a live report from newark, new jersey ahead at 5:00 a.m. and new this morning police commissioner william bratton is vowing to crack down on the use of force by officers. he'll outline a new tracking system and new guidelines establishing when and how force should be use. there's been an intense focus on the issue, fueled by such cases as the apparent chokehold death of eric garner and the more recent takedown of former tennis star james blake a. the inspector general overseeing
report today on the use of force by officers. time now 4:36. the united nations today focused on the middle east. the russian foreign minister will talk this morning about his country's airstrikes in syria at a united nations news conference. he's already started talks with secretary of state john kerry. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is also due at the u.n. today to deliver a major address. that comes just a day after the palestinians got to raise their flag at the united nations for the very first time. well, 15 towers in the bronx are being cleaned again after a new legionnaire's cluster left one person dead and a dozen more ill. the latest cluster is in morris park. the health department says it required cleaning of all cooling towers after this summer's outbreak in the south bronx. a town hall meeting will be held tonight at maestro caterers on roxdale avenue. the cheers on the football field turn to tears and prayers
today as a new jersey community offers a final good-bye to the high school football player who died after a tough hit on the field. the wake leading up to today's funeral for 17-year-old evan murray has drawn hundreds of people, some from beyond washington township. the quarterback and honor student died shortly after an injury in last friday's game. >> i don't think there's anybody in there that isn't taking it very hard and so it's a terrible tragedy. >> the medical examiner says murray's spleen burst after a hit during the game, setting off massive internal bleeding. his death has been ruled an accident. looming school bus strikes affecting students in new york city and long island could happen at any time. a t.u. local 1181, the union for many school bus drivers has authorized this strike. no word yet on when it might happen. the head of the union representing 1,200 drivers for
sons said a strike is exceedingly likely. it would mean 15,000 students, including many with special needs would need to find another way to get to school. time now 4:38. the law that provides health monitoring and financial aid to 9/11 workers and their families has expired. key provisions of the zadroga act expired at midnight because of congress' failure to act on it. they chose not to vote on it last night. the program does have enough money to keep going through the end of the year, though. >> if you're lying in bed and you're diagnosed with some cancer and you're hearing that the government refuses to reauthorize an act to pay for your treatment for a duty that you performed on that most hideous day. >> well, federal officials say the fund frg the zadroga law could start shutting down as early as next summer. 4:38. new this morning we have a winner.
one winning ticket was sold in last night's $310 million powerball drawing seen right here on channel 7. if you have any friends in michigan, be nice to them. yeah, because that's where the ticket was sold. all is not lost for players in our area. a $1 million ticket was sold in connecticut. the winning numbers were 21, 39, 40, 55 and 59, the powerball number was 17. >> so be friends with your friends in the nutmeg state too. >> absolutely. >> nutmeggers, we love you too. 4:39. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> today we have cloudy skies, we have wind, it's chilly. 56 degrees. it's nearly 20 degrees cooler at this hour today than it was yesterday and the day before and even on monday. so today we have a wind, we got cloudy skies, it's raw, it's chilly, grab a jacket, sweater, that sort of thing, you're going to need that. 57 degrees right now. that's where the temperature is going to hang around today. we got cloudy skies, and you see there are some showers
around philly, around marlboro, new jersey and county. there's rain down to our south. that's what's coming up and that's not from joaquin. this is from a low pressure system running up this front, the cool air is coming in out of the northwest. this is joaquin way down here in the bahamas which we'll talk about. your weather today is starting out cloudy, windy, chilly, dress warmly today. the winds will be cranking. there's a possibility of beach erosion and high surf and all that kind of flooding stuff at the time of high tide on the coast. then a couple of showers will be around this evening, and rain builds into tonight. so we're going to be talking about a period of really nasty, windy weather into next week which means about flooding at the coast at any time at high tide. weather and traffic together every seven minutes. weather then heather, how's it going out there? >>reporter: we'll take a look at fdr drive, construction on the southbound side getting right through 96th street. you can see that construction cone right there blocking off the right lane. let's head over to our maps. i can also tell you that the fdr drive northbound ramp to 42nd street remains closed down
because of the u.n. general assembly. and then we have those ongoing street closures, 44th, 45th, 46th, 49th and first avenues, so if you have to go anywhere around that area, you'll want to utilize mass transit. our street cleaning rules are in effect for today. shirleen and ken, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. time now is 4:41. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the new plan to curtail aggressive costume characters in times square this morning. we know some of the recommendations. and another big hazing investigation on a college campus. five students in a fraternity taken into custody. and your facebook is about to look a little bit different. ah, the facebook. the cool new features to your profile picture that could have
welcome back. it's 4:44. your facebook news feed is about to get a lot more active. the social media site is introducing a new feature that will allow you to use a short- looped video as a profile image. you see, facebook says it's going to help out a new dimension of users' profiles and allow them to express themselves in new ways. darn it, now that means we gotta get creative. facebook is now allowing temporary profile pictures set to change back after a certain period of time. that means that you can use your throwback thursday picture, it's going to change once it is friday. >> i'd have hair flying in the air. >> i kind of like the old one that makes it look like i was young from, you know, 1982. people keep asking me, why don't you change your facebook picture? because i'm lazy and it's easy, it's there. it just is. >> i hear you. meteorologist bill evans joins us now with the exclusive accuweather forecast. >> and the leisure suit is a nice touch. >> thank you very much.
>> here we go, we're looking at midtown today, cloudy skies, we got some wind out there, it's a chilly morning out there. you need the wind breaker, the jacket, that sort of thing as we go into the morning. current temperatures -- looking at temperatures this morning that are cooler than yesterday by about 20 degrees. a north wind at 13 gusting to 18 in the park. we're looking at a high number yesterday that was 79 degrees. normal is 69, and we had nearly an inch and a half of rain yesterday. so now streams and creeks and things are at bank full, so any extra rain we get now from this point on is extra credit, not likely to see much of a sunrise or sunset. heavy rain is returning tomorrow, especially at the coast. minor to moderate coastal flooding from today through the weekend into next week. hurricane joaquin turns toward the east, turning up the coast in the next 24 to 36 hours. still well to the south. temperatures in the 50s, low 50s from hack et ceteratown, 52 up towards poughkeepsie, 57 around the park, 57 in long island. look at the northerly wind. it's chilly this morning.
so the focus on our weather is clouds, windy, chilly. that's how you need to dress for the day today. it's going to be a cold kind of day, because some of these wind gusts you see are 24, 25, 29 mile per hour wind gust in newark this morning, and that's out of high pressure coming in. so coastal flood advisories in effect until friday morning at 6:00, and that's for long island sound as well because we have a northeast wind and then the pink shades here is for gale warnings, small craft advisory, boats do not need to be out. you'll have a big issue with that. and then down the jersey shore you have this flooding issue. so from today through tuesday we have a northeast coming in. so that just piles the water in. a couple of showers down towards smith point across long island, a couple of showers down the jersey shore. so this is the old frontal boundary here and a low is coming up. this is not from joaquin. this is a low pressure system bringing rain in this plume of moisture. joaquin is way down here in the bahamas, and so that will get moving northward tomorrow, and as we get into friday makes for a stormy day with the wind out
and that's all way ahead of joaquin. so that means that when joaquin gets here sunday into monday, that really compounds our flooding issue at the coast. joaquin now a category 3 storm. the winds are up to around 20 miles an hour. it's really just beating the bahamas here. but fortunately the bahamas are on the west side of the storm which is the weakest side. it starts to turn to the north as we go into tomorrow, and could increase actually to a category 4 storm for a while. and it looks like the path as of right now takes it to the outer banks of north carolina and then will carry it into the d.c., baltimore area, but it's just going to be out here and we've got to keep an eye on it. you see the cone is the most important part and this is going to be sunday night into monday. your accuweather forecast, breezy and cooler today, some rain late 64. windy and chilly tonight, rain likely, the low is 51. then tomorrow is a rainy and raw day on friday. flooding is possible from the rain and at the coast from the wind. so you get that two-pronged attack here with the northeast wind, that high tide, there'll
be flooding at the coast, and those residents, you know where you are that has that flooding at time of high tide with a northeast wind. saturday is basically kind of a dry day, but we have some showers and then, of course, we're going to be watching joaquin sunday, sunday night into monday. slowing down a little bit. so two systems coming our way. we are watching joaquin, but, you know, that is still well out there and some possibilities that it could even go out to sea or cut into the mid-atlantic. the d.c. baltimore area could get 10 inches to a foot of rain. >> wow! >> that's why we're keeping an eye on that. >> not a bad idea today to just maybe get a six pack of water, stuff like that, just to get ahead of the game, right? >> you know people are. >> i think the important thing to do, communities at the coast, you want to batten down the hatches first, secure everything, put it all away. do it today because today is kind of a quiet day, even though it is windy, it is going to get way worse tomorrow. >> gotcha. straight to heather for a look at the commute. >>reporter: we had some earlier problems with path trains brks you that has been
taken care of. it was signal problems but they have been repaired, so we're on or close to schedule path trains between journal square and 33rd. long island railroad doing okay, metro north no problems. trains are suspended between jamaica center and union turnpike and that should be taken care of by 5:00 a.m. bruckner heading south white plains road into the bronx river parkway, we do have that construction set up. and the u.n. general assembly is in town so the fdr drive north, the ramp to 42nd is closed down. you can also expect closure delays, 44th, 45th between 42nd. 49th between third and lex and we have our street cleaning rules in effect for today. ken, over to you. i'll take it, heather, thank you. it looks like times square will undergo a makeover. the mayor's task force is expected to unveil its new plan today. this morning we know a few of the recommendations, they will allow some street activity such as street fairs.
measures to improve congestion and traffic flow and they'll eliminate unnecessary obstructions like construction equipment, unused kiosks and phone booths. and special zones will be designated for so-called constitutionally protected solicitation activities, like those controversial painted women known as nasnudez and aggressive costume cartoon characters. not as part of the plan eliminating pedestrian plazas as was suggested by nypd commissioner bratton. time now 4:50. four teenagers on long island are facing felony charges for allegedly causing $10,000 in damage to a local soccer field. suffolk county police say the teens drove a vehicle onto the northport soccer complex earlier this month, leaving deep tire marks etched into the grass. the teens who are all 17 are charged with criminal mischief. well, new this morning, five university of alabama students are arrested on hazing
students are members of the phi gamma delta fraternity. they're accused of making pledges stand in buckets filled with ice and salt. that causes burns on the feet. all five are free on bond. they also face sanctions from the university. 4:51. and happening now police in louisiana are searching for a convicted killer who was prison. ben johnson was supposed to spend 40 years behind bars, but today he's out after being mistakenly released saturday. police say because of a computer error, a louisiana state prison official did not notice johnson was supposed to manslaughter. coming up on eyewitness news this morning, more russian airstrikes overnight in syria. the new claims this morning that russian jets are not targeting isis. also ahead, a horrible crash involving a livery cab caught on camera.
that comes as russia pursues its biggest middle east intervention in decades. its war planes began airstrikes yesterday, supposedly aimed at isis, but opposition leaders in syria say those airstrikes happened at sites in no way controlled by isis. instead they say the russians are killing civilians in areas opposed to the syrian government. it is 4:55. and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic, beginning with bill evans and the accuweather forecast >> well, all eyes are on the radar and satellite pictures and loops and all that kind of thing. let's take you to the accutrack radar this morning. first of all, a couple of sprinkles have been down the jersey shore and we're watching that around belmar, but the temperatures are much cooler this hour of the day than yesterday. we're in the 50s. check out the wind, north at 15 at newark and elizabeth, staten island, 20 around jamaica queens. the humidities are drying out. you got a bumpy ride on the ferry from jersey city, staten island and just be very careful with that because as you take the ferries today, going to be some rough landings, although those captains, they are fantastic. there is joaquin.
morning. into monday. heather is looking at your commute. how's it going out there? >>reporter: well, we'll take a look at the george washington bridge and it looks like traffic is moving along without any major problems at this point. however, you can see that there is not much traffic here at the lower level going into manhattan. so we'll head over to our maps. we'll tell you what's going on. inbound lower level remains closed down, and then the outbound side, two lanes are closed underneath the apartments heading into the lower level. we have alternate side of the street parking rules in effect for today. shirleen, over to you sphwhrvment all right, heather, thank you. 4:56. a soldier comes home earlier than expected and his family's reaction is precious. >> oh, my god. >> what are you doing here? oh, my god! >> don't you just love it? the family of army specialist cameron ford wasn't expecting him back home in huntsville, alabama until november. so you can see why he caught
showed up at her front door last night. ford was deployed to afghanistan in 2012. he is now retiring after six years total service. >> bless their hearts. good for all of them. all right. 4:57. just ahead on eyewitness news this morning, hurricane joaquin could hit the east coast and communities along the jersey shore. want to -- they want to make sure they are ready should the storm strike here. and a big change for new jersey commuters. why you may need to dig deeper into your wallets this morning. plus some hackers tried to break into hillary clinton's private e-mail account while she was secretary of state more than one time. and we are dealing with chilly temperatures and some strong winds across the area. meteorologist bill evans has the exclusive accuweather forecast when we come right back. stay with us. i pinky promised my little girl a fabulous garden party for her birthday. so i mowed the lawn, put up all the decorations.
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good morning. it's 5:00 a.m. communities along the jersey shore building up defenses as hurricane joaquin gains strength overnight. the storm is now a category 3 hurricane as it churns near the bahamas. we are tracking the latest path. plus a big change for new jersey transit riders starting with this morning's commute. good morning, i'm ken rosato. >> thank you for joining us, i'm shirleen alcot in for lori stokes. today is thursday, october 1st. and you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> all right. our focus on the weather today is a low pressure storm system down the jersey shore coming our way that is not joaquin. we have cloudy skies, we got wind, we got a 5:00 a.m.
temperature of 56 degrees. it's chilly. it's 20 degrees cooler than it was this time yesterday. so it's a much cooler morning out there. it's a windy morning. you need jackets and sweaters and all that kind of stuff. and we've got winds out of the north here, 12, 13 miles an hour, 18, 20 mile per hour winds. so today is going to be a cloudy, chilly day with some rain that comes in late in the day and tonight. and then we got a real windy, rainy, raw day for tomorrow as we get into the weekend. and that's before joaquin comes to the area. we'll talk about that coming up. heather is looking at your commute. weather then heather, what's you got going on? >>reporter: we'll look at the george washington bridge. the last time we spoke the lower level was closed, expected to reopen at 5:00 a.m. check it out, it is open. so lower level moving once again out of new jersey into manhattan. you can see that upper level is a bit slow. we'll head over to our maps. no major problems at the george washington bridge with that lower level reopened. we have that construction just about cleared away, lincoln and the hundreds, and then if you are going onto the bruckner
you'll find that slowing southbound side, white plains road into the bronx river parkway, that is because of construction. mass transit, new jersey transit buses, trains are on or close. long island railroad doing okay. metro north, no problems there. e-trains, fasttrack service has been completed. we have our street cleaning rules in effect for today. ken, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. time now 5:02. communities all along the east coast are preparing for the worst just in case hurricane joaquin targets the area. people along north carolina's barrier islands are bracing for impact. until then, surfers are taking in big waves and a few beach goers are taking advantage of the last drops of sun. meanwhile, people who live along the new jersey shore are keeping sandy in mind as they get ready for whatever joaquin may have to offer. eyewitness news reporter kala rama live in sea bright with the latest on the preparations there. kala. >>reporter: ken, good morning. can you see this wind out here? your to-do list for the weekend just got real. with whipping winds, you can
see it from my hair to that tree behind me there, they're only going to get stronger. what government agencies want you to do is move everything outside of your house, all of those summer belongings and move them inside to protect your home. and they have preparations already under way. the surrounding towns have already started here for joaquin's unwelcome arrival. here on the jersey shore military tanks and emergency response units are ready to roll out. sandbags are stacked and ready for homeowners to put to good use, and if you don't have a generator, it's time to start thinking about itment we all remember sandy too well and the concern here is flooding. >> the thing we're concerned most about is flooding and power outages. if you mix a a lot of rain with high winds, you're going to have trees come down. that's going to take down power lines. >>reporter: so government agencies here in the area of the jersey shore, and i know long island as well want you to be overprepared. treat this as a worst case scenario. we all remember how bad it could be. we're live on the jersey shore, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news
>> kala, thank you. stay with eyewitness news and abc 7ny for the latest updates as we continue to monitor hurricane joaquin. it is 5:04. and happening today there are some big changes in store for new jersey transit riders. commuters will have to pull more cash out of their pockets. eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live in newark with the latest information there. dray. >>reporter: good morning, shirleen. as you might imagine, commuters are not very happy at all about this 90% fare hike, but new jersey transit remains the quickest and most convenient way for them to travel and so they'll pay. just to give you an example of how much they'll pay, for example, a monthly round-trip pass on the train between newark penn station and new york's penn station is now $152. it was $139. that's a $13 increase. now, new jersey transit first proposed the rate hike for buses and trains in april earlier this year. the transit board unanimously
july, making it the fifth increase for commuters since 2002. new jersey transit officials say the increase in fare is needed to close a $60 million budget gap that was left even after they cut $40 million from their budget. now, commuters say aren't happy at all about the increase, adding that in recent months new jersey transit has been plagued with a lot of cancellations and delays and they say the problems continue and the fare hike is simply unfair until new jersey transit finds a way to improve on those delays and cancellations. meanwhile, back here live outside the station here, they also went ahead and canceled some routes as a way to save money. but, again, that fare hike now effective today and a lot of commuters say this just isn't fair. we're live this morning, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, dray, thank youment at 5:05, the t.l.c. has sus pended the license of a livery cab driver who plowed into one adult and children on
the sidewalk. this shows the moments before the crash yesterday at the victims stood on the sidewalk at east kingswood road. they say the driver jumped the curb, hitting four children and a 33-year-old mother on their way to school. one of the victims is home now after being treated for cuts and bruises. >> i remember when the car almost run over me when he came and throw me down. i don't remember anything more. >> to witness something like that, it's really bad. it's something i don't want to see again. >> an 8-year-old girl was pinned under the livery cab and is at the hospital in critical condition. her younger brother was also hit and is recovering at the hospital. no charges, though, have been file against the driver. it is 5:06. newly-released e-mails show hackers with a base in russia tried at least five times to trick their way into hillary clinton's private e-mail account while she was secretary of state. it is not clear if clinton fell for the tricks, and exposed her
the hackers reportedly sent infected e-mails disguised as notices for speeding tickets. the e-mail instructions said to print the attached tickets, clicking on them to do that would have given the hackers control of clinton's computer. scary stuff. the boston globe reports this morning that secretary of state john kerry still uses private e-mail accounts to communicate with long-time friends. kerry's non-government accounts have included aol and g-mail. a state department official says all work-related messages from kerry's private account are either forwarded or copied to his government account. that means a record is automatically preserved on government servers. >> i can see it now, dear elected official, i have $25 million u.s. in this country here account, just press here and i will -- never mind. you know those e-mails. 5:07. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. here's a man who never gives me his e-mail account, bill evans. >> and with good reason. >> yes.
morning -- you can reach me on twitter@evansweather. here's what's going on on facebook, you can reach me there too. we're putting up all the graphics, all the information about what's going on this morning with this -- with this hurricane, with joaquin as well as our weather that we have right now which is windy and chilly. the temperature is 56 degrees. it is chilly outside, it feels like the 40s with this wind coming out of the north. and there's a couple of showers building in central and southern new jersey from this low to the south running up this front. this is prejoaquin, and joaquin is way down here in the bahamas, a category 3 storm. you know, it's kind of bashing the islands of the bahamas there. you know, there's some 300 islands here, but it's on the western side which is the weaker side, but the storm will start to kick out tomorrow, maybe even as a category 4 storm. before it gets here, we're windy and chilly today and cloudy, temperatures are in the 60s, some sprinkles, a shower or two possible later today and into tonight. we'll talk more about joaquin and our weather for the weekend coming up, all that in your accuweather seven-day forecast.
some dangerous stuff, heather with coastal flooding and that northeast wind and then heavy, windy rain tomorrow with some flooding. how's the commute out there? >>reporter: well, the commute not doing too badly on our major roads. this is the jericho turnpike. not doing too badly there. let's take a look at the maps and talk about route 25, jericho turnpike near terry road, an accident investigation. we do have all lanes closed down as a result. throgs neck, whitestone, rfk triborough bridge, all moving well, no major problems to report. going through the bronx bruckner south plains road into the bronx river parkway, that's construction. george washington bridge inbound lower level has been reopened. that construction cleared and you have minor delays at the hudson river crossings. street cleaning rules are in effect. ken and shirleen, over to you. >> thank you, heather. 5:09. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a last minute stay of execution for a convicted killer in oklahoma. why the governor decided to
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5:12. welcome back. and virginia's governor has declared a state of mental as that state prepares for -- state of emergency as that state prepares for hurricane joaquin. the department of public works is putting together sandbags to be handed out as residents are quite worried about flooding. it looks like it could head right for them. that's the way it's looking at least right now. officials say they're prepare today bring in extra crews to respond should there be any serious flooding. in the poconos, the red cross is making sure everyone in the area is able to stay safe if the storm ends up causing major damage. the organization is promoting
to stock up on blankets, food, water and batteries. >> the one thing about a hurricane is you never know for sure, everybody in the spaghetti model should be prepared. meteorologist bill evans is going to tell us all about that. he has the when whether forecast. >> spaghetti models. we'll explain that. >> hey, i'm italian. i like talking about spaghetti models. >> i don't blame you. it actually sounds pretty good, some meatballs would be good, if somebody could rush that over, it would be a great help. let's start with what we have right now and it's chilly outside and it's windy and we have clouds. 56 degrees, much cooler than it was this time yesterday, so you need your warm gear, scarfs, gloves, this sort of thing, this northerly wind makes us feel much colder outside. the humidity is moderate, so that makes it feel damp. northport, massapequa, 57. you go down to ocean, monmouth county, 57. much cooler than yesterday. we have a northerly wind coming out of canada, high pressure to the west, a frontal boundary at the coast giving us wind gusts into the 20s already this morning. remember the shotgun effect,
the blast effect in between the buildings in manhattan, brooklyn and over toward newark. so now we also have a coastal flood advisory until 6:00 a.m. friday, but this is going to be posted from today, really on into tuesday of next week because we'll have a northeast wind from today until next week, piling in the water, creating floog. there's a couple of showers to our south and a lot of rain down here in d.c., baltimore and virginia. that's the low pressure system coming up this frontal boundary. back to the great lakes, it's great weather, sunshine, chilly, nice weather. but this front is along the coast and you see this plume of moisture we call that along the frontal boundary. so a low is going to run up and that's the first system. now, joaquin is way down here in the bahamas, category 3 storm. it's just really on the west side of the bahamas. it's getting pounded with wind and waves and rain and those waves are even going through grand bahama and florida. but the storm could increase because the waters are very warm here, it's in the gulf stream, the water temperature is actually a little warmer than normal, so it could increase to a category 4 storm.
let's not get hung up on categories but what the storm is going to doment that's going to come up the coast. and the latest forecast this morning which has changed from run to run to run has headed to the virginia coast as a category 1 storm. it get noose the colder water, it loses some of its strength. you see forecasts now are for it to be off the jersey shore tuesday morning at 2:00 a.m. so the forecast has brought it a little farther east this morning, but i always say, and the important thing to note is what we say is to watch the cone from this line to this line is where the storm could go. and so that's why we're watching this. now, this is monday, sunday night, monday into tuesday we'll be watching this. prior to that we're going to be, you know, watching this storm which is giving us the wind and the rain today. here's what ken loves, the spaghetti models. and you see it there, like spaghetti, all over the place. breezy and cooler today, 64. this low at the coast keeps coming northward. it's a rainy, windy, raw day tomorrow. this is joaquin, not until sunday night into monday. some light rain later on today,
wind and rain likely tonight, a raw chilly day tomorrow with rain possible from the first low pressure system and then all eyes are on joaquin for sunday. there's a rutgers football game on saturday and college football and all that. it's going to be mostly dry saturday, but it will be windy and cloudy and chilly. rain comes in saturday evening into sunday. sunday is a windy, rainy, raw day and so is monday. that's one of the meanest looking five days i've seen on the seven-day forecast. >> we've seen so many really perfect five-day forecasts, i guess it was time. >> i know it's a seven-day, ed. it's the first five days. i get more advice from staff. i'm the luckiest guy in the world. the staff advises me constantly. >> they're keeping us on point, right? right, heather? >>reporter: that's their job to keep us on point. >> today was sunny and 70 and -- [ laughter ] >> how's that commute shaping up?
named ed watching us right now at home. >> no, no. we have our own ed to deal with. >> that's true. >>reporter: so if anybody is going out to pick somebody up at the airport, we have arrival delays at all of our area airports. at laguardia, jfk, newark, so 30 minutes laguardia and jfk, newark is 60 minutes on arrivals. you want to get in touch with your individual carrier or, obviously, it's arrival delays, so get in touch with whomever you're picking up. new jersey transit, long island railroad, metro north are doing fine, path trains are fine. this is construction on the bruckner going white plains road to bronx river parkway, two left lanes closed down. this is there until further notice. heading through smithtown, you have route 25, jericho turnpike, right near terry road an accident investigation, so we do have all lanes closed down as a result of that. and then as you go to the george washington bridge, inbound lower level has been reopened. we have our street cleaning rules in effect for today. shirleen and ken, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank 5:18. still ahead on eyewitness news
to receive a lethal injection. oklahoma's governor issued the stay because one of the drugs it received for the procedure didn't match state guidelines. glossip's execution is now scheduled for november 6th. one of nascar's best is calling it a career. tony stewart says he's retiring at the end of the year. stewart has won more than 60 stock car races in his 18-year career, however, he has not raced in nascar's sprint series since he hit and killed fellow driver kevin ward, jr. in upstate new york. stewart was not charged, but he still faces a wrongful death suit from ward's family. 5:21. on staten island new york city mayor bill de blasio is getting right into the thick of the pothole patrol. his honor met with the road crew, repaving a section of arthur kill road in rossville. the repairs mainly happened overnight. the mayor did not stand idle. he put on an safety jacket, a hard hat and jump right in shoveling hot asphalt onto the road, giving him a new found
appreciation for what those guys do out there. >> a lot of work doing that. >> yes, it is. 5:22, and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans with the exclusive accuweather forecast >> here we go today you need a coat, a jacket, all that stuff. bring an umbrella. there's a couple of showers to the south. you may run into a shower today. the farther north you go, no big deal. low 50s around new city, rochester, mid-50s five boroughs. look at the wind out there, 25 mile per hour winds already this morning. you know, if you weigh less than 100 pound, you might want to -- 100 pounds, you might want to tie cement blocks to your feet. mid-70s for humidity, so it's damp and it's windy and we're looking at wind gusts up to around 24 miles per hour. long island sound, taking the ferry there, that's a bumpy ride back and forth from bridgeport to port jeff with the wind. there's joaquin. winds up to 120 miles per hour. it could be a category 4 late today or tomorrow, and then it starts working its way up the coast and we'll be talking about that all morning long. there you see the latest track,
takes it now east of the outer banks in toward the jersey shore. heather is looking at your commute, weather then heather. how's it going out there? >>reporter: we're going to talk about airports once again. we do have delays on arrivals. if you're heading out to pick someone at the airport, keep in mind you'll want to check with the carrier. 30-minute delays at jfk and laguardia, newark 60-minute arrival delays. to the bruckner, white plains road to the bronx river parkway, two lanes closed down with construction. that's there until further notice. our street cleaning rules are in effect for today. ken and shirleen, over to you >> heather, thank you. 5:23. many of us are already planning our trips home for thanksgiving and christmas, but when is the best time to actually book your holiday flights? also ahead on eyewitness news this morning, while house republicans work to defund planned parenthood, a popular children's book author writes a big check. stay we are the largest and most diverse school district in america! yet we are one! one point one million students!
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it's 5:30. we have an overnight update on the -- an overnight update on the storm is getting stronger coast. we're live at the jersey shore. first it's a chilly start to your thursday and we are tracking more rain for friday. we have weather and traffic updates every seven minutes. officials will gather tonight in the bronx to talk about new cases of legionnaire's disease, including one that turned deadly. good morning, i'm ken rosato. >> and i'm shirleen allicot in for lori stokes. today is thursday, october 1st. and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic, beginning with meteorologist bill evans. >> all right. it's a tad busy here around the weather ranch this morning. let's get you updated what's going on. first off, grab a jacket, grab a coat, some gloves if you are kind of cold natured. you'll want to get all that gear together today. cloudy, 56 now, winds out of the north 10 to 24. that feels chilly, especially around sayreville, wrightstown, 57 to 58, 57 belmar, 58 long
island, 52s up to the north. so today it's a breezy, chilly day today. there'll be a couple of sprinkles around, a late shower, then the rain really picks up tonight and for tomorrow. and the wind too. the wind will be out of the northeast today through tuesday. coastal flooding at the time of high tide, inland flooding tonight and tomorrow from rain. we're going to talk more about that, and that's even before joaquin even gets to georgia. so we'll talk more about joaquin coming for sunday into monday in your accuweather seven-day forecast. heather is looking at your commute, weather then heather weather then heather, how's your day going? >>reporter: may day is going okay right now. although if you're heading to smithtown, you may want to think about this one. we do have an accident being cleared away on jericho turnpike, route 25 right near terry road, an accident investigation. so you do have all lanes closed down as a result of that. now, if you are trying to make your way onto the bruckner southbound, you can do it, but you can expect delays as well, southbound side, white plains road to the bronx river parkway, we do have two lanes closed down. that is because of ongoing construction, closed until further notice. delays on aivels at our airports, street cleaning rules are in effect.
shirleen, over to you >> heather, thank you. right now hurricane joaquin is strengthening and it could take aim at the east coast. communities along the jersey shore are bracing for any possible impact with memories of superstorm sandy fresh in their minds. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live in sea bright with the very latest details. kala. >>reporter: shirleen, i can only say the good news out here would be thankfully it is not raining. but you surely can feel the wind. while the calm is on today before this big storm rolls in, storm preparations are under way. so queue the backhoes there and those bulldozers and build those sand dunes. you're going to see them grow here on the jersey shore. so take a look near the lakes here, any bodies of water close to the ocean, they're being pumped to sea to avoid flooding. speaking of flooding, those sandbags are available for most homeowners across the jersey shore and generators are something homeowners should be thinking about over the next few days if they don't already have one. remember, these are all hard
lessons learned from sandy just three short years ago. this is what the local towns are doing for you now, so now here's what they want you to do for them. >> this is what we're asking you to do, get your cars off the street, make everything is buckled down, if you have umbrellas opened, if you have is anything that could blow away, secure it. >>reporter: so the concern is real here on the jersey shore. the big concern is flooding, and town agencies here are doing what they can to help prepare, so now they want their constituents to do the same. all the belongings outside your home, they want you to bring them in before the weekend rolls in. we're live on the jersey shore, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> kala, thank you. 5:33. if this storm hits new york city, the mta says it is better prepared after superstorm sandy. there are new features in place at subway stations threatened with flooding, including new steel storm doors and giant inflatable berms to keep flooding out of tunnels. the mta says it learned an
it's worked the last three years to improve the entire transit system. >> in lower manhattan alone, there are 540 locations where water could potentially get into the subway system, staircases, vent shafts, manhole covers, it's going to be a lot stronger than it was three years ago. >> some riders are a little skeptical the mta could fix both the damage created by sandy and make the changes necessary to ensure that it doesn't happen again. stay with eyewitness news and abc 7ny for the latest updates as we continue to monitor hurricane joaquin. 5:34. a town hall meeting will be held tonight to address the latest cluster of legionnaire's cases in the bronx. one person is dead and a dozen more sickened in the new outbreak in morris park. 15 cooling towers are now being cleaned. the health department says they required cleaning of all cooling towers after this summer's outbreak in the south bronx. tonight's health department town hall meeting will be held at 8:00 at maestro's caterers on bronxdale avenue.
5:35. u.s. defense ofntions say they plan to hold media talks with russian media counterparts to avoid a clash in the air over syria. that comes as russia pursues its biggest middle east intervention in decades. its war planes this morning continue the airstrikes that started yesterday supposedly aimed at isis. opposition leaders in syria say the airstrikes are really targeting sites not controlled by isis. instead they say the russians are killing civilians in opposed to the government of syria. syrian president bashar al- assad. the russian foreign minister will talk bottom air strikes this morning at a united nations news conference. he's already started talks with secretary of state john kerry. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is also scheduled to talk at the u.n. today, to deliver a major address. he will be doing that just a day after the palestinians got to raise their flag at the united nations for the very first time ever. 5:35. the law that provides health monitoring and financial aid to 9/11 workers and their families has expired.
key provisions of the zadroga act expired at midnight because of congress' failure to pass an extension. they chose not to vote on it last night. the program has enough money to keep going through the end of the year. >> if you're lying in bed and you're diagnosed with some cancer and you're hearing that the government refuses to reauthorize an act to pay for your treatment for the duty that you performed on that most hidious day. >> federal officials say funding from the zadroga law could start shutting down by next summer. this morning, somebody in michigan, somebody or some group waking up $310 million richer. our new best friends, by the way, we might add. one lucky ticket matched all of the numbers in last night's powerball drawing seen right here on channel 7. it is the first time somebody will take home the big prize since august in our area a $1 million
friend was sold in connecticut. i didn't get anything. i looked at my tickets this morning all excited, and i got nothing. >> you know, i didn't get anything because i didn't play. >> well, that'll do it. you got to be in it to win it as they used to say. >> that is the saying. 5:37. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic, beginning with meteorologist bill evans and the accuweather forecast. >> i hit the lottery everyday by coming here and being able to hang out. >> listen to this. >> a very blessed man. not because i hang out with you, heather. [ laughter ] >> i love her. here's what's going on this morning, we have cloudy skies, it is chilly, it is windy and this is before anything tropical comes our way. so let's get to first things first. it's a cloudy morning, we got a northeast wind, we have a cold front here. we have high pressure here and that's why it's windy because a low is coming up the coast. that makes it very windy, and this low is creating the rain, not joaquin. this is just coming right out of a good old low pressure system.
joaquin is down here in the bahamas, pounding these 380 islands down here, but the fortunateness of this is it's on the west side. they're still getting wind and waves out of this system is and it's still strengthening. we'll talk about that in scwruvment. 50s this morning and cloudy. you need to wear your warm stuff today because it's 20 degrees colder than it was yesterday and there might be some sprinkles later on. kiddos, jackets and sweaters at the bus stop today, and after school it's breezy and it's chilly. it's going to be like 56 degrees, just put my hand over that, 56 degrees right there. i give it a "d." >> yuck. >> for damp and chilly. >> 56. i don't like that. >> 56, not 76. i didn't change the number there. that's why i said i don't need the lottery, i'm blessed to come here everyday and make a fool out of myself >> if we leave that 76, will it come true? >> no. >>reporter: okay. let's go right over to our maps. we'll talk to you about what's going on in smithtown. all lanes closed down jericho
it's an accident investigation. all lanes are closed down. you have the bruckner going south white plains road to the bronx river parkway, that's construction where two lanes are closed. going to the airport to pick somebody up, 30-minute arrival delays at laguardia and jfk. newark has 60-minute arrival delays. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect for today. ken and shirleen, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. it is 5:39. some strict new rules are in store for new york city police officers after recent incidents put a spotlight on the use of force. also ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the union representing school bus drivers on long island gives the go ahead for a strike and it could
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cases as the apparent chokehold death of eric garner and the more recent takedown of former tennis star james blake. the department for the first time ever is also establishing a new system to document and analyze any use of force. the department's inspector general is also releasing a report today on the level of force used by the nypd. new york city's first lady shirleen mce.r.a. is spearheading a new campaign today to raise awareness of domestic violence. she has made domestic violence along with mental health initiatives one of her signature policy issues. she's praising chase bank for setting up an atm message at all of its branches that offers phone numbers for abuse victims to call for help. 5:42. bill evans joining us now with the accuweather forecast. a very busy day for him today. >> it is quite busy. here we go. we take a look from our camera on the roof across to the east side, the chrysler building, brought to you by chrysler where today you want to dress warmly. it is chilly, it is windy.
we got cloudy skies, we got what will be maybe some peeks of sun, but a cloudy windy day. winds at the park are 13 to 18. so if it's 13 to 18 in central park, it's going to be much higher on long island sound, coastal connecticut, long island. temperature 56 degrees, the humidity in the moderate zone. so we're looking at a normal high of 69 for this time of year. we're going to be below that today. we were way above it by 20 degrees yesterday and we had nearly an inch and a half of rain. sun up at 6:52. but we've got heavy rain that returns tomorrow, especially at the coastal sections, coming up from south/north, minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible through the weekend at the time of the high tide because of the strong northeast wind and then hurricane joaquin will be turning toward the east coast in the next 24 hours and still strengthening and gets closer up the east coast as we go sunday, monday. so before then it is chilly this morning, we're into the 50s. yesterday we were into the upper 60s and low 70s to start the day. so now we've got colder air coming in out of canada with a northerly wind to a northeast wind over parts of the area. that's just sustained wind, 10
to 17. these are the gusts into the mid-20s so far already today. you know, and in and around the buildings that wind almost doubles. coastal flood advisory until 6:00 a.m. on friday and that's because of the wind coming in out of the northeast, piling the water in. smfs for boats -- small craft advisory for boats, so you don't want to be out there. waves will be way high. showers coming up from the south. more to come from the low down south here that will move up the front. that's the first system to affect us. joaquin is way down here in the bahamas around the islands and it has winds of 120 miles an hour. it's kind of moving back to the southwest at about five. tomorrow it starts to eject out and come up the coast. by the time we get into tomorrow, it's likely maybe becoming a category 4 storm, winds are 140 miles an hour, all the conditions are favorable for this. but as it moves northward, it's going to get into a little shear, but mostly it's going to get into cooler water. so it will lose a little bit of its categorical strength to a 1. when you get in the north, these systems behave totally differently. let's look at the cone, make sure the cone is the first thing you look at.
and that from out in the atlantic to here along the east coast. now, the storm path today has changed by the computer guidance. so as you see yesterday the guidance had the storm coming into the chesapeake bay. now guidance has it along the jersey shore by tuesday morning as a tropical storm. so this is going to change. the computer models this morning have trended farther east out into the atlantic. but yesterday they were further west. so it just tells you that 48 hours out we're still very uncertain with that system. what we're certain about is cloudy skies, chilly weather today, rain coming in tonight and for friday a windy, rainy, raw day. after school today, kiddos, it's chilly. you gotta have jackets and sweaters, 62, might be a little bit of rain and drizzle. so we're looking at a breezy cooler day today, 64. tomorrow we're looking at this very heavy rain with windy, rainy weather, only 58 the high. so today and tomorrow we've got this real fall weather, like a low pressure nor'easter coming
so rain tonight and a windy, rainy, nasty, raw day tomorrow. we're at 58. tell the dog to stay home. >> oh. >> coastal concerns for saturday and sunday with all that northeast wind at 35, 40 miles per hour and then joaquin comes up sunday into monday, monday into tuesday. that storm slowing way down, so we'll be keeping an eye on that then. >> all right. thank you very much, sir. appreciate it. >> thank you, bill >> there you go. best thing to do right now to prepare for this is to just secure things around the homes and the patios and things because this first storm is creating a lot of wind, a 35 mile per hour wind gust tonight and tomorrow. the >> kala was saying that. bring those things inside. how's the commute? >>reporter: i heard from a friend of mine in l.v.i. and that's what they're doing this morning, they're getting out there and doing the work. let's go to the webcam and show you the delays on the l.i.e. you're just bumper to bumper as you go onto the l.i.e. check out that delay. let's go over to the maps. we have the l.i.e. westbound side right near exit 43, that is an accident that is
being cleared away. we do have possibility of all lanes being subject to closure as they try to clean that up. route 25 jericho turnpike right near tarry road, that is an ongoing accident investigation, all lanes are closed down. new jersey turnpike western spur north right near exit 15w we do have a disabled truck that is being cleared. and then as you head onto the bruckner, this is ongoing construction, check out that delay as you head onto the southbound side. the construction is south between white plains road and the bronx river parkway. at least two lanes are closed down and that's there until further notice. so all these winds that bill has been talking about, you have 30-minute delays on arrivals at laguardia and jfk. newark has 60-minute delays on arrivals. so if you're going to pick somebody up, you want to get in touch with their individual carrier. we have our street cleaning rules in effect. ken and shirleen, over to you >> heather, thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news, this morning the times square task force is expected to unveil new plans today aimed at clearing up congestion and
time is 5:50. welcome back. the cheers on the football field turned to tears and prayers today as a new jersey community offers a final good- bye to the high school football player who died after a tough hit on the field. the wake leading up to today's funeral for 17-year-old evan murray has drawn hundreds of people, some from beyond washington township. the quarterback and honor student died shortly after an injury in last friday's game. >> i don't think there's anybody in there that isn't taking it very hard and it's a terrible tragedy. >> the medical examiner says murray's spleen burst after a hit during the game, causing massive internal bleeding. his death has been ruled an accident.
5:50. looming school bus strikes affecting students in new york city and long island could happen at any time. a contaminate u. local 1181, the union for a.t.u., that is, many school bus drivers has authorized a strike. no word yet on when it might happen ahead of the union representing 1,200 drivers from ronkonkoma-based bowman and sons. said a strike is exceedingly likely. it means 15,000 students, including many with special needs would need another way to get to school. 5:51. a judge's ruling is sending a dog in california some good karma. >> yeah. the wolf dog hybrid is now headed to north carolina to live the rest of her life on a farm. that is after a judge ruled karma would not be euthanized. she was seized from her family in may when police responded to a call of domestic violence. animal control said because she is part wolf and killed a cat
>> this whole thing that i've gone through has been traumatic and i'm just happy to, you know, see karma surviving at this point. >> karma's owners won't be getting her back, but they say that's okay, they're just glad she's getting a chance to live the rest of her life in happiness. time now is 5:52ment we're this morning. we have a live look from asbury park along the jersey shore where people are bracing for any impact from hurricane joaquin. the storm is strengthening and could hit the east coast. and strong winds and rain are heading in our direction. meteorologist bill evans returns with another look at the that's a big bull. i think that's old cyrus. 1800 pounds of do whatever the heck i want. take the long way, huh? thank you cyrus.
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mobile-deposit-techno-thingy to the rescue. i'm rayna. and i bank human at td bank. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic together here on eyewitness news this morning. let's take a look at how your day is going to shape up. we've got cloudy skies, breezy, degrees. 64 this afternoon with a couple of showers. it's 20 degrees cooler than it
was this time yesterday. looking at a few showers to our south. we're looking at chilly temperatures, big old wind out there, 16 to 25 mile per hour sustained winds this morning in parts of the area. the humidities are moderate. you got a bumpy ride if you're coming from jersey city or staten island on the ferry, all those those ferries are big and nice and they smooth out the ride. you got a big old wind out there so dress warmly. weather then heather weather then heather, how is it going out there? >>reporter: bumper-to-bumper ride onto the l.i.e. check out this webcam, just jam packed getting into the area of exit 43. this is all because of an accident. so we'll pinpoint exactly where this is on our maps. l.i.e. as you go onto the westbound side right near exit 43, that's where the crash is. you can see that red line of volume getting into the accident scene. that, of course, is that delay i was showing you on that webcam. if you're going into smithtown, 25 jericho turnpike right near terry road, ongoing accident investigation. all lanes are closed down. we have alternate side of the street parking rules in effect for today. ken, over to you. >> heather, thank you.
it's 5:56. it looks like times square will undergo a makeover. the mayor's times square task force expected to unveil its new plan today. this morning we know a few of the recommendations. they will allow some street activities such as street fairs. they're looking at short-term measures to improve congestion and traffic flow. and they will eliminate unnecessary obstructions like construction equipment, unused kiosks and phone booths. what are phone booths? special zones will be designated for so-called constitutionally-protected solicitation activities like those controversial painted women and aggressive costumed cartoon characters, but not expected to be part of the plan is eliminating pedestrian plazas as was suggested by nypd commissioner bill bratton. we're closing in on 6:00 and just ahead on eyewitness news this morning, we are tracking hurricane joaquin as governors up and down the east coast are warning people to
power outages and closed roads. we are live in the jersey shore with the preparationsoned way. happening today, it will cost new jersey transit riders more to get to their destination. joaquin is not the only storm we're tracking. we will have rain tonight and possible flooding tomorrow. meteorologist bill evans has the exclusive accuweather