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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 The high wind watch is no longer in effect.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

Planning a Pleasant Family Camping Trip

With everyone out of school summer it’s the perfect time to plan a camping trip adventure for the entire family.

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Camping with the family is a great way for everyone to spend some quality time together. Spending time in a completely different atmosphere than the home life everyone is used to allows for the formation of new experiences, and unique family bonding. Now, before you get all excited and start jamming the whole family into the car, you’re going to want to prepare for your camping adventures ahead.

I highly suggest that you, and everyone in your family, make check lists for what you want and need to bring along on the trip. Even if it seems like total common sense and that you’d never forget that item in a thousand years, it happens. You’ll be happy when you get to the campsite and you have as few as possible of those, “Oops I forgot such and such at home” moments. It’ll create a much less stressful prep period and leave you more time to just enjoy your time camping with the family.

Also, if you want to bring along your furry family members too, check beforehand to make sure the site you've chosen is a pet-friendly camping ground.

Things To Bring

Your Camping Ground Pass – Plan ahead and check to make sure the site you’re camping at doesn’t require a pass, a sticker, or some kind of authorization to stay there. The last thing you want is to pack everything up, get the family aboard, and then arrive at the camping grounds just to be turned away.

Shelter – Don’t forget your tent, sleeping bag, pillow, and a sleeping pad or ground cover.

Batteries – Bring along batteries for whatever electronics you have with you, flashlights, radio, extra already charged cell phone battery, etc.

First Aid Kit – You never know what can happen while camping out in nature. Make sure to bring a fully stocked first aid kit in case of any scrapes, or accidents.

Eating Ware – Plates, cups, cutlery, cooking utensils, all of the things you need to make and eat the food.

Bug Spray – Those pesky bugs will be out and about so if you don’t want them bothering you and the family bring along bug spray or some other type of bug repellant.

Water – Make sure you have fresh, clean water with you. You never really know what the water situation is going to be like at the camp ground so bringing your own is extra assurance. Bringing a water purifier is a good idea too.

Flashlights – You’ll be thankful for the light when you have to walk to the bathroom at night, walk back to your camp, and for when you want to tell some ghost stories! It’s good to also pack some lanterns.

Games – You’ll want some entertainment for while you’re camping. Bring sports equipment, books, card games, horseshoes, board games, etc.

All Weather Clothes – You’re going to want to have a wide variety of clothing options. Jackets and sweaters for when it gets cold at night, hats to block the sun for during the day, and options in case you want to go swimming, hiking, etc.

Food – Non-perishable foods are a must-bring, make sure you have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks covered. Don’t forget the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows to make s’mores!

Tarps – In case of inclement weather, or just as an extra area of shelter from the harsh sun rays, bring a large tarp or two, some rope, and poles to secure it in the ground.

Don’t forget to be kind to the environment. Clean up after yourselves and leave the camp ground in ready condition for the next group to come along and enjoy it.