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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * 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 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....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....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 until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this afternoon into this 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 until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 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 17,11:36 AM

Selfless Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Use your free time this summer for good by getting in on local Long Island volunteer opportunities!

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Summer is the ideal time to soak up the sun and spend your down time having tons of seasonal fun. In between all of that fun, the summer also provides a great opportunity to do something good and give back to local communities, charitable organizations, and not for profits. Giving back can be something as simple as getting together a group of friends and doing liter clean up for a couple hours at your local beach or volunteering your time and labor at a nearby animal shelter. Long Island has many different charities, nonprofit organizations, and shelters, all of whom are always looking for eager volunteers to lend a helping hand.

There are also many great websites out there that aim to help you find volunteer opportunities not only in your general vicinity, but also within your personal interests and passions. VolunteerMatch.org allows you to specify your location and then they ask you about what sorts of things you care about, like if you care about advocacy & human rights, children & youth, animals, disaster relief, or education & literacy, and so on. From there they direct you to volunteer opportunities that fit your criteria. Long Island Volunteer Center is very much the same, except you enter your location and keywords to what sort of volunteering you’d be interested in doing, and all of the opportunities listed are only on Long Island.

Here are some ideas to get you started when it comes to summer volunteering opportunities on the Island.

  • Start your own fundraiser in support of a local charity or organization.
  • Share your pet! Bring them along on a visit to an elderly home and watch as Fido brightens up their day.
  • Clean up liter from the roadside, at the beach, in a park, etc.
  • Help out at a soup kitchen.
  • Collect necessary supplies for an animal shelter.
  • Spend some time at a veteran’s home speaking with the vets.
  • Donate your old clothes to a local charity. Maybe even get the whole family in on it!
  • Hone your gardening skills at a local community garden.
  • School might be out but there’s still summer school! Volunteer to tutor students struggling academically.
  • Read to kids in the pediatric ward of your nearest hospital.
  • Offer to read over and revise resumes for people in transitional homes reentering the work force.

Still need ideas for places to volunteer at? Check out LongIsland.com’s own list of charities on Long Island!