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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. -- Monday Jan.23 17,03:24 AM

Don't Sweat This Summer: Preparing Your House for Summer

The weather has been consistently warm lately and now it is time to prepare the home for the warmer weather. Check out our tips to preparing your home!

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Now that the weather has been warm for more than one day, we can thankfully put Winter and Spring behind us and head into the summer. 

It is no simple task to preparing your home for summer. There are a lot of elements of the home you need to check and double check. Maintain is part of being a homeowner, so following a few tips will help your transition.

So, try some of these helpful tips and get your home ready for the summer!

  • Set up Air Conditioners: It might be time to put air conditioners in windows and take covers off ones through the wall. Do it sooner than later. No one wants to install air conditioners when it is 100 degrees outside.
  • Maintain Central Air: Over the winter, your central air systems might have had damage or need maintenance. Again, this is another task to do sooner than later as to prevent you from finding out too late that your central does not work.
  • Screens in Windows: If you want to save some money on air conditioning, having screens in your windows will help beat the heat while keeping bugs out.
  • Clean Gutters: It will rain this summer, so insure your roof is properly maintained.
  • Clean Up the Pool: If you have a pool, you are very lucky to have an awesome way to stay cool this summer. Be sure to clean the pool properly for your health and wellness.
  • Check Your Pool Fence: For the safety of others, insure the fence around your pool is properly maintained.
  • Set Ceiling Fan Down: This helps the air circulate and keep the room colder. Set ceiling fan up during the Winter to get even heating.
  • Check to See that Window and Door Seals Are in Good Condition: Caulking and other window and door sealant might be dried out or missing. To keep the cold in, be sure to seal up gaps in doors and windows.
  • Set Up Sprinkler System: Your grass and plants need proper watering. Whether it is with an installed sprinkler system or a mobile sprinkler, be sure to have a plan to keep your yard healthy.
  • Car Maintenance: Avoid a hot car and damaging your dash, put in sun visor in your car and put it in the window when you are parked in direct sunlight.

How will you keep cool this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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