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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * 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 this 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 this 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 until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this afternoon into this 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 until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 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. -- Monday Jan.23 17,11:36 AM

Fun in the Sun: Outdoor Summer Entertainment for Kids

With summer right around the corner it’s time to take the kids out for some outdoor, fun in the sun entertainment.

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The warm weather is here and the kids are ready to get out of the house and spend some quality time playing in the sunshine. Let’s face it, some fun in the sun could do us all some good, not just the kids! A healthy dose of sunshine will help you procure your daily dose of vitamin D (and help you work on your tan!) but as always practice good sun safety and make sure the kids and yourself are wearing sunscreen.  

Long Island has many outdoor festivities and activities aimed towards kids to pick from this summer. Whether the kids want to pretend they are racecar drivers for a day at the go-kart track, or dress up as pirates and growl their very best, “Arrrr Matey” at the Pirate Festival & Classic Boat Show, you will not be lax on options. Get the kids ready, pack up the car, don a comfortable pair of shoes, and get ready for some fun in the sun with your little ones.

Festivals: There are lots of fun festivals and fairs to attend this summer. St. Rocco Festival held in Oyster Bay from July 9th-July13th is free admission for all and Friday night, July 11th, there will be a fireworks show. At the Pirate Festival & Classic Boat Show in West Sayville, held June 14th and 15th, those who dress up as pirates receive a special gift. Admission is $8 and free for children 5 and under.

Amusement Parks: Get some thrills by visiting your local Long Island amusement park. Around since 1962, Adventureland off of route 110 in Farmingdale is open daily during the summer. Adventureland has over 30 rides and admission is free, though to go on the rides you must either pay with tickets or buy a bracelet.

Swimming: Looking to take a dip and cool off in the water? Long Island has many outdoor swimming locations to take the kids. For a sandy, salt water experience there are many beaches available all over Long Island. If you’re feeling adventurous head over to the Fire Island National Seashore for some fun the sand, swimming and seashell collecting. For those who prefer to bring the kids to the pool, Cantiague Park in Hicksville has an Olympic size swimming pool, diving pool, two water slides, a kiddie pool, an interactive water play area and training pool.

Go-Karting: Tiki Action Park in Centereach offers go-kart racing, $7 for the single kart and $8.50 for the double person kart. Country Fair in Medford also offers go-karting at $7 a ride for both single and double rider karts. Start your kart and begin revving those engines!

Kayaking: Kayaking is a wonderful way to spend some quality time with the kids while also getting in some exercise, and enjoying the great outdoors. Peconic Paddler in Riverhead is a great place to rent kayaks, spend the day in the sun, and take in the scenic Peconic River. Freeport Kayak Rentals is another good spot to rent kayaks and explore the Long Island waterways. Keep in mind children under 7 are not permitted to kayak.

Mini-Golfing: Whether you’re looking for a pirate themed mini-golf course, or a movie themed mini-golf course, Long Island has many miniature golfing venues to choose from. Village Green Miniature Golf in Ronkonkoma has duel putt-putt courses, an easier zoo themed track and a more difficult 'Wizard of Oz' themed track. Bayville Adventure and Scream Park also offers mini-golf in a delightful pirate theme. Many of the pirates talk too!

Do you have any other favorite outdoor activities to do with the kids on Long Island? Let us know!