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"Coastal Flood Statement, Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 to 4 ft above astronomical tides this evening. 2 1/2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides Tuesday morning. * Timing...minor to moderate coastal flooding this evening due to surge and wave action. Localized minor coastal flooding expected with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle due to residual surge. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline 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....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.6.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM......8.9-9.4/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Glen Cove NY.........900 PM.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Min-mod.. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Tue am... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......911 am.....9.8-10.3/2.0-2.5.....Iso minor Stamford CT..........838 am......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Iso minor Bridgeport CT........835 am......8.8-9.3/1.5-2.0.....Iso minor Glen Cove NY.........908 am.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Iso minor , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this evening to just after midnight. * 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 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 4 to 7 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 17,09:48 PM

What Your Library Can Do For You: Back to School Library Resources

With the internet at our fingertips, we sometimes forget that your public library can do so much for you! Be sure to check out what you library can do for you or your kids when ...

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Part of what we pay in taxes goes to our public libraries. Many Long Islanders probably voted recently for their library budget. When you pay your taxes and vote for the library budget, you are guaranteeing various resources for the community.

With eBooks and other online resources, some may feel that libraries are almost obsolete. Luckily, libraries have advanced and are adapting to the new technology that have taken over our lives.

Now that school is starting this week all over the island, it is key to keep in mind that the library has a lot to offer for your kids. 

  • Library Programs: Recently, one of the best aspects of libraries are their programs that they offer for kids. They range from educational and art classes. The best part about most, if not all, of the programs are free! You can go to your local library, but your kids can sign-up for event at any library on the island. There are restrictions and priority is generally given to local residence. A plus is that there are adult programs available as well.
  • Taking Out Books: Libraries still do what they do best. They have all the recent best sellers and old classics that can be taken out. Kids may be picky about what books they want to read. Instead of purchasing a book or eBook your kid does not want to finish, your kid can be as picky as they want at the public library because no money is exchanged.
  • Taking Out eBooks: Libraries have advanced and you can now take out books through your eBook reader. Availability may vary by library. 
  • Taking Out Movies: Libraries have all the recent DVD and Blu-Ray available to be taken out. Additionally, some libraries make films available online and through your smartdevices.
  • Databases: When your kid is writing a research paper, they should not be Googling. They need to use databases. These are very useful and important to all students in school. Databases are websites filled with scholarly articles and reliable research information.
  • Reference Section: To piggyback the idea of databases, the reference section of the library contains similar information that can be found in databases. Although limited to what databases can offer, the reference section has physical books and journals. The best part of going into a library's reference section is what reference section's librarians who specialize in helping with the research process. 
  • Borrowing Electronics: Can't afford an eReader or tablet, some libraries have begun offering devices that be borrowed through the library. Some restrictions apply, check out your library for details.
  • Free Music: Libraries also have CDs available to borrow, but some libraries have subscriptions to services that allow weekly or monthly downloads of free music.

What is your favorite library amenity? Tell us in the comments below!

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