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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

Prepping Your Beach Bag for a Day of Fun and Sun with the Kids

Be sure to keep your kids busy, comfortable, and protected from the sun this summer with this checklist of beach bag necessities.

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This summer, be prepared when you hit the beach with your kids.  When you pack, be sure to consider how long you will be out so you know how much supplies you will need, such as packing for a snack or for a full lunch if you plan to spend the whole afternoon at the beach.  If you have young children, you may want to additionally bring diapers/water-safe diapers and water-wings or other flotation devices. Make a checklist of all the things you will need to stuff in your beach bag, and be sure not to forget these necessities.

Sunscreen: Never leave home in the summer without your sunscreen, and be sure your kids are covered with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that blocks out UVA and UVB rays, and that they reapply their sunscreen on a long day after several dips in the water.

Hats or Visors and Sunglasses:  Sun protection does not just end at sunscreen – protect your kids’ eyes with sunglasses, and give them hats and visors so that they can better see what they are doing on the beach instead of squinting into the sun.

Water Bottles: Bring plenty of water, including a jug and cups if you have it, as dehydration can set in quickly after just a few hours in the sun.  Even if your kids say they are not thirsty, make sure they are still sipping on some cool water throughout your outdoor activities.

Towels: Consider bringing double the towels you will need so that your child has one to use to dry off, and a second one to sit on in the car if your child and the first towel are both soaking wet.

Beach Toys: Keep the kids busy for hours with a shovel and pail for endless sand castle creations, or pack a Frisbee or football for older kids to toss on the beach.

Clothing: If you don’t want to bring your kids home in their wet bathing suits, pack a few shirts, shorts, and underwear so that they are ready to change into more comfortable clothes for the ride home.

Swim Shoes: Swim shoes are a must for rocky North Shore beaches, so avoid the ouch with a set of swim shoes for each child.

Lotion or Aloe Vera: Speaking of ouch, in the event that you miss a spot when covering up with sunscreen, bring after-sun lotion to apply in the car before the burn fully sets in.

Snacks: Instead of shelling out all of your cash at a beach hut for some simple snacks for the kids, bring some snacks of your own that will withstand the sunshine for a bit, such as granola bars, chips, apples, or crackers.

Brown Paper Bags or Plastic Bags: If your kids are the beachcombing kind, slip some bags in your beach tote for them to fill with their various treasures that they want to take home.