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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 17,09:12 PM

Gotta Stay, But Want a Vacay: Long Island Staycations

Flights, car rentals,and hotels can be pricey when you leave the island, but if you stay close to home for your vacation, you will have a great time and save money. Check out all the ...

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It is very expensive to travel and you have been feeling that the summer is flying by if you do not have a vacation. Many people live on Long Island and do not actually experience all the island has to offer. So, planning a staycation can be a great way to not only to save money, but learn to appreciate everything that Long Island has to offer.

There are many destinations that you can go to on the island. Many people look toward the North Fork and the South Fork of the island because there is more open space and less congestion. Others might look toward Manhattan because of the restaurants and shows available. Whichever place you go on the island, you will find plenty to do close to home.

Here are some great staycation ideas for Long Island.

  • New York City/Manhattan: Starting west, Long Islanders may enough hopping on the LIRR and traveling into Manhattan to enjoy the entertainment of Broadway shows and some of the best restaurants in the country.
  • Museums: Every consider traveling the island and visiting the various museums. You can start in the west with Manhattan-based museums and work your way east to the museums in the North Fork.
  • Wineries: Many wineries are out East, visiting out east, it might be wonderful to enjoy the wineries and staying out by the wineries in a hotel or bed and breakfast.
  • Beaches: Ever consider traveling the island to various beaches? There are so many beaches on the island with different amenities. Consider seeing the difference between the north and south shores. 
  • Amusement Parks: There are quite a few amusement parks on the island. If you are looking for something exciting to do, consider visiting the various amusement parks and staying close to them.
  • Hiking/Camping Staycation: There are many hiking and camping trials on the island, traveling to these trials and camping could be a great way to connect with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of city/suburban life. 
  • Fire Island: With plenty of beaches, state parks, and more than a few top notch restaurants, Fire Island has become a sort of seaside resort right in Long Island’s own backyard.
  • Montauk: The end of Long Island is known for its great beaches, plentiful accommodations, and great boating and fishing spots. It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
  • The Hamptons: Many people have made a second home of the Hamptons, and for good reason. This section of Long Island has tons of beaches, boutiques, farm stands, and vineyards to provide all kinds of entertainment.


Do you have any great Long Island Staycation ideas? Tell us in the comments below!

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