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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

Kick the Habit and Quit Smoking with Cessation Classes and Support Groups

For this year's World No Smoking Day, finally quit smoking with these free or low-cost classes and support groups.

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Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, but even though it causes over 430,000 deaths per year and incurs more than $89 billion in medical costs, people still cannot put down their cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco.  According to the Suffolk Country Government webpage, each year, smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides and fires combined.  Besides being dangerous for smokers, smoking is dangerous for their significant others, friends, and children, because anyone who is around them while they smoke is susceptible to the dangers of tobacco through secondhand smoke, which is always dangerous.  This Saturday, May 31, is World No Tobacco Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) is asking smokers to become more educated and to kick the habit.  WHO is also calling on the governments of multiple countries to increase the taxes on tobacco to decrease tobacco purchases and hopefully decrease the amount of smokers worldwide.  This week, be part of World No Tobacco Day in a small way and go to a smoking cessation class, or urged any loved ones who smoke to attend a class and finally kick the habit.  Here are some classes offered across Long Island:

The Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island lists the cessation classes at the following hospitals:

  • Long Beach Medical Center, Long Beach: No cost
  • Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Center: Fee
  • Nassau County DOH: No cost
  • North Shore LIJ, Great Neck: No cost
  • St. Francis Hospital – Dematteis Center, Old Brookville: Fee
  • Suffolk County DHS, multiple locations: No cost
  • Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola: Fee

For those who are really serious about quitting, North Shore LIJ boasts one of the highest success rates of quitters in the country.

Nicotine Anonymous also offers a free 12-step program for smokers trying to quit, and all are welcome.  Here are where the support groups meet:

  • Huntington Hospital, Huntington: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Islip: Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Center for Tobacco Control, Manhasset: Mondays at 6:45 p.m.
  • North Bellmore Public Library, North Bellmore: Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
  • First Methodist Church, Oceanside: Mondays at 8 p.m.
  • St. Francis de Chantal Church, Wantagh: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Westhampton Presbyterian Church, Westhampton Beach: Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Remember this summer that all New York State beaches on Long Island are smoke-free!