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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning now in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST Monday... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. * Coastal flood impacts...potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline Monday evening. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM.....9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... New Haven CT.........817 PM......8.9-9.6/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Old Field NY.........820 PM......9.3-9.8/2.0-2.5.....Min-mod.. Glen Cove NY.........900 PM....10.2-10.7/2.3-2.8.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 6 to 10 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,09:00 PM

Another million dollar winner for Long Island, Smithtown student is Intel semifinalist and more Long Island news headlines for January 26th, 2012

Police Probe Series of Burglaries; Another Jackpot Winner on Long Island; Woman Killed Crossing Sunrise Highway; Smithtown Student Finalist in Intel Science Competition

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Police Probe Series of Burglaries

Long Island Police are investigating a series of burglaries that have targeted elderly homeowners. Suspects gain entry to the homes by acting as utility and repair workers. Nine cases have been reported since December in different South Shore communities and in five of those cases the suspects got away with stolen goods. The thieves reportedly work in teams of two. One person works to distract the homeowner while the other sneaks in right through the front door. Sketches of two female suspects have been released.

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Another Jackpot Winner on Long Island

A 37-year-old Valley Stream woman is the latest winner in the New York $1 Million a Year for Life scratch off lottery game. Her identity has yet to be announced but will be released at a ceremony on Thursday. She is just of ten other Long Island lottery players who hit the jackpot, including a retired corrections officer from Central Islip who won about $2 million in the same scratch-off game.

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Woman Killed Crossing Sunrise Highway

A Merrick woman has died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Sunrise Highway not far from her home. On Wednesday morning the 56-year-old woman crossed the highway at the corner of Hewlett Avenue and was hit but a Toyota traveling westbound in the right lane around 6:30am. The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead two and half hours later. Detectives found no apparent criminality involved in the crash.

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Smithtown Student Finalist in Intel Science Competition

Smithtown East High School senior Rachel Davis is one of five from Long Island who made it as finalists in the Intel science competition. When Davis’ and her family lost their home to a fire Davis decided to become a volunteer firefighter and began research that focused on developing a plastic that is both environmentally friendly and nearly flame retardant. “It is so much fun doing the research. It’s been such an amazing experience and I’m so happy I was chosen,” Davis said. Winning the competition would award Davis a $100,000 scholarship. She hopes to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.

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