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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. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,09:00 PM

From Maritime History to Leaping Lizards, Explore Long Island’s Niche Museums

Visit one of these niche museums, with focuses ranging from whaling to trains to snakes and lizards!

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You may have been to the bigger museums on Museum Row, but Long Island is home to over one hundred museums, including a variety of smaller, more focused museums that cater to people of different interests.  Most Long Island museums are maritime-based, as evidenced by the many museums for boating and whaling. All of these museums are kid-friendly, so you can enjoy a family trip this summer and be able to stay cool and indoors while also keeping your kids’ brains working as they learn more about local history. Here is a sampling of museums on Long Island with a more specific focus than others, but will be sure to still broaden your horizons!

Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages: Known to many as the Carriage Museum in Stony Brook, this museum has art dating back to the 1800s, but what is more impressive is the collection of over 200 horse-drawn carriages.  You can feel transported back in time as you look at the ornate carriages that were actually used for transport over one hundred years ago.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum: This museum chronicles the entire history of whaling, and has over 6,000 artifacts, including a real whaling boat.  It has interactive activities for kids and adults alike, and also brings the learning home with the history of whaling on Long Island.

The Maritime Explorium: This Port Jefferson treasure is the only museum that tells visitors that everything is touchable.  Kids and their parents are welcome to explore this nautical-themed museum together and take part in different science, engineering, and math challenges together in this creative space. This museum offers a new activity every weekend for kids to design, build, and create.

Stony Brook Grist Mill: If you are interested in how Long Islanders lived long ago, this 250 year old mill is the only functioning grist mill on Long Island.  Hands-on milling events are also offered, and guided tours are given by a miller on the weekends.

Railroad Museum of Long Island: For the fans of trains, stop by this Greenport museum to learn about the history of trains while touring a history 1892 freight house of the Long Island Rail Road.

Tugboat Museum: This quirky museum is actually a museum inside a real tugboat, so it is quite small.  Those walking around Port Washington Town Dock can come up to the windows and peer inside the boat to see the exhibits, which are changed periodically.

Southold Indian Museum: This museum is owned and operated by the Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association, and has the world’s largest collection of Algonquian ceramic pottery, as well as many spearheads and arrowheads, as well as a vast collection of other tools from those who first inhabited Long Island.

The Serpentarium: Lovers of reptiles should head down to this Riverhead museum, which is Long Island’s only indoor reptile museum, and features all kinds of snakes, alligators, crocodiles, and other lizards.