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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "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. , "Marine Fog Advisory, Storm Warning" ...Dense fog advisory now in effect until 6 PM EST this evening... ...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 11 feet. * Visibility...1 nm or less 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 17,01:00 PM

NY Tainted Steroids Case Confirmed

A Nassau County man has become the first confirmed case of illness related to a tainted batch of steroids, which has resulted in a nationwide outbreak of meningitis and at least 20 related deaths.

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Reports have confirmed that a Nassau County man, whose identity has not been disclosed, is New York’s first case of illness related to infected steroids.  The medication was being used as a pain management treatment, and was administered through an injection into a joint toward the end of September.  The patient began to develop complications from the treatment last week.

New York State Department of Health spokesman Jeffrey Hammond said this is not the same fungal meningitis that has already infected 250 people across the country, with at least 20 confirmed deaths linked to the steroids.  The Nassau County man was treated in a hospital for joint infections, but Nassau County health spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain has said that his illness is not life threatening.  
 
According to the Department of Health, three sites in the state received the tainted steroids, including Mineola where the unidentified patient was given the injection, and 425 other patients have been injected with the same batch of steroids.  
 
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which confirmed the case on Wednesday and has been tracking the infected steroids across the country, now says New York is the 16th state where the outbreak is present.  
 
The injection was administered at the Action Sports Medicine and Pain Management in Mineola.  No other patients at the clinic who received the same injection have reported complications, but side effects could take weeks to develop.  
 
On Thursday, lab tests conducted by federal health officials linked the fungus found in the steriods to the strain now blamed for the nationwide meningitis outbreak.  
 
 
 
 
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