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"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 The high wind watch is no longer in effect.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. , "Marine Fog Advisory, Storm Warning" ...Dense fog advisory remains in effect until 10 am EST this morning... ...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 55 kt. Seas 6 to 11 feet. * Visibility...1 nm or less through early this morning. 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. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one mile. Inexperienced mariners... especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,05:12 AM

Preventing Rabies: Tips for Protecting Your Pets

Rabies can be spread to humans as well as pets.

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Rabies is a deadly virus that is usually spread by wild animals. The disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, fear of water, excitation, agitation, salivation and a tingling sensation around the area of the bite.
 
Most animals and humans will die within the first few days of these symptoms. It is important to be able to recognize the early symptoms of rabies in humans as well, which can include headache, fever and weakness.
 
However the best way to avoid rabies is to protect your pets from coming in contact with wild animals. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 90% of reported rabies cases occur in wild animals.
 
You should be sure that your pets get their rabies vaccination every year. Pets that have not gotten a vaccination and have been exposed to rabies must be quarantined for six months or put down. From time to time, you will be able to find free rabies shots provided by the SPCA and other organizations. However, it is most important to visit your veternarian periodically to make sure your pet's shots are up to date.
 
Pets should also be spayed or neutered in order to prevent unwanted animals that can contribute to the spread of rabies. You should also avoid feeding or watering your animals outside. Also, keep your garbage secure as this can attract wild animals.
 
During the summer months, pets spend a lot of time outside. Anytime you are hiking, camping or playing outdoors with your pets, do not let them come into contact with wild or stray animals.
 
If you or your pet is bitten by any wild animal, immediately call a healthcare provider or vet. Don’t forget to contact animal control to capture the animal. Rabies can be prevented through a series of post-exposure-prophylaxis shots, but only if the patient is treated before the onset of symptoms.
 
Families should discuss rabies, and parents should make sure their children are aware of the risks and how to prevent the disease and keep your animals safe and healthy,
 
[Source: CDC]