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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... ...Dense fog advisory is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a High Wind Warning...which is in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday. The dense fog advisory has been cancelled. The high wind watch is no longer in effect. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. The strongest winds are expected across Long Island...and especially in areas with eastern exposure. * 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" The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. 911 am EST sun Jan 22 2017 The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,11:00 AM

Dire Dangers of Consumer Bought Fireworks & Unprofessional Usage

Choose safety this July 4th and opt for professional fireworks displays instead of perilous displays carried out by the untrained public.

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It seems like every year around the 4th of July you hear some terrible horror stories about fireworks displays gone wrong. The victims of the incidents suffering from bodily injuries, fire, property damage, and sometimes even death. Independence Day is supposed to be a time of joy, a time to reflect on the history of our country and celebrate what our country stands for. The holiday wouldn’t be the same without the booming sound of fireworks with their bright colors lighting up the night sky. Fireworks are to be enjoyed, but they are to be enjoyed safely and handled by trained professionals.

Organizations like the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks and the National Fire Protection Association urge the public to discontinue using consumer bought fireworks and instead to enjoy fireworks displays and shows conducted by trained experts. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2012 Fireworks Annual Report, “U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2012. In the month around July 4th, almost three out of five (57 percent) of the fireworks injuries were burns, while almost one-fifth (18 percent) were contusions or lacerations.” Even hand held sparklers, often thought of as the more family friendly and safe fireworks product, can heat up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. That is hot enough to cause third degree burns.

Fire and property damage are two other big consequences of consumer bought fireworks handled by nonprofessionals. In one of their Fire Analysis and Research studies the National Fire Protection Association found that, “In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.” These very fires have caused $32,000,000 in property damage and a typical year on Independence Day finds that 2 out of every 5 reported fires on this day are because of fireworks.

For the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you, it is essential that the untrained public refrain from setting off fireworks. Long Island is in no way devoid of fireworks shows and displays to enjoy this Fourth of July. Whether you want to view some spectacular explosions while sitting waterside, enjoy the show along with some dinner, or take the family out to a carnival followed by a fireworks display, all of the above and more are possible this Fourth of July weekend. Many upcoming festivals also offer fireworks shows throughout the summer months.

Also, for the added safety of your family during this celebratory holiday time keep a close watch on children wherever fireworks are in use. The risk of injuries from fireworks is highest between those ages 15-24. Children under the age of 10 are the next group with the highest percentage of fireworks related injuries. Opting to view a professionally put together and run firework show could truly save you and your family unnecessary pain and grief.

[Source: NFPA, NFPA]

 

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