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"Coastal Flood Statement, Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 to 4 ft above astronomical tides this evening. 2 1/2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides Tuesday morning. * Timing...minor to moderate coastal flooding this evening due to surge and wave action. Localized minor coastal flooding expected with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle due to residual surge. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline 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....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.6.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM......8.9-9.4/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Glen Cove NY.........900 PM.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Min-mod.. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Tue am... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......911 am.....9.8-10.3/2.0-2.5.....Iso minor Stamford CT..........838 am......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Iso minor Bridgeport CT........835 am......8.8-9.3/1.5-2.0.....Iso minor Glen Cove NY.........908 am.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Iso minor , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this evening to just after midnight. * 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 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 4 to 7 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 17,09:48 PM

Summer Camp Crafts for Kids to do at Home

Whether your kids go to camp or not, these activities are sure to be a hit with young kids and teens alike.

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Everyone remembers their experiences at summer camps: sun, outdoor games, and plenty and plenty of crafts.  Today’s camp crafts are still quite similar to the classic crafts we all made as kids, but some have a new twist, such as the fun loop phenomenon that began last year.  Be sure to shop the sales at craft stores like Michaels and A.C. Moore, which both have coupons in their circulars and online.  Whether your child is attending camp or staying home for the summer, stock up on some of these supplies to keep them busy and away from the television screen, especially on a rainy day. 

Fun Loops/Rainbow Loom: Those little rubber bands that were called fun loops or rainbow loops were all the rage a few short months ago.  Start up the trend again, or challenge your kids to try more challenging designs. 

Friendship Bracelets: Stock up on plenty of embroidery floss in a full rainbow of colors, and your kids will sure to be busy for hours making friendship bracelets for everyone they know. There are many detailed steps to these bracelets, but once learned, they will become second nature to your kids.  Take a look at WikiHow for some videos that will help you design your first friendship bracelet.

Beaded Keychains: Who hasn’t given or received a beaded lizard keychain in their lifetime?  These cute and fun keychains only require string, pony beads, and a key ring.  Your child can also get creative with them and make other kinds of designs besides the popular lizard, such as a cat, an owl, or even characters from their favorite movies. 

Tie-Dye Shirts:  Tie dying is a hit with all children, young and old.  You will need a white shirt, rubber bands, and dye for tie-dying, which can be bought at craft stores like Michaels and A.C. Moore.  Roll up or swirl your shirt and bunch it up in different areas with the rubber bands to get cool color effects.  Be sure to cover your work area with plastic sheeting or a garbage bag so that the dye will not stain the table or floor. Follow the tie-dying directions on the dye, as some dyes are different and will require different degrees of preparation to achieve the best colors.

Plaster of Paris Shell Casting: Remember collecting shells on the beach and making artsy castings of them with sand and plaster of Paris?  This is a great activity that you can do after a trip to the beach, and you can even include more than shells – try finding beach glass, small twigs and pieces of driftwood, and even beach grasses that you can incorporate into your creation.

DIY Wind Chimes: Upcycle old soup or soda cans and paint neat designs on them to make a new beautiful creation to hang outside using yarn.  For more of a beachy feel, use seashells for your wind chime, and search for shells that already have holes in them from starfish or oyster drills, so all you have to do is thread some string or yarn through the shells and hang them outside in a spot where they will catch a nice breeze.