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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 1 am EDT Friday... * locations...low lying coastal areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...1 to 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides tonight. * Timing...minor flooding around the times of high tide tonight. * Impacts...minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads...and adjacent properties tonight. Inundation of 1 to 1 1/2 ft above ground level in the lowest lying spots. A few Road closures likely with a low threat of property damage. 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 tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ... ..............................(mllw/mhhw).................. Kings Point NY......1136 PM..10.5-11.0/2.7-3.2......minor..... Stamford CT.........1151 PM..10.3-10.8/2.5-3.0......minor..... Bridgeport CT.......1148 PM...9.6-10.1/2.3-2.8......minor..... New Haven CT........1147 PM....8.8-9.3/2.1-2.6......min-mod... , "Special Statement" ...An area of strong thunderstorms will affect western Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties... At 1049 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 12 miles southeast of Jones Beach, moving north at 40 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Islip, Brentwood, Levittown, Freeport, Commack, Huntington Station, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Plainview, Massapequa, Hauppauge, Syosset, Huntington, Westbury and Babylon. Torrential rainfall, with one to two inches possible, is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Lat...Lon 4091 7364 4093 7352 4090 7349 4095 7349 4094 7343 4091 7341 4096 7340 4091 7322 4093 7316 4097 7316 4069 7314 4070 7323 4065 7337 4067 7324 4066 7322 4064 7322 4067 7318 4064 7314 4062 7335 4058 7357 time...Mot...loc 0249z 179deg 35kt 4045 7336 1050 PM EDT Thu may 25 2017 ...An area of strong thunderstorms will affect western Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties... At 1049 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 12 miles southeast of Jones Beach, moving north at 40 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Islip, Brentwood, Levittown, Freeport, Commack, Huntington Station, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Plainview, Massapequa, Hauppauge, Syosset, Huntington, Westbury and Babylon. Torrential rainfall, with one to two inches possible, is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Lat...Lon 4091 7364 4093 7352 4090 7349 4095 7349 4094 7343 4091 7341 4096 7340 4091 7322 4093 7316 4097 7316 4069 7314 4070 7323 4065 7337 4067 7324 4066 7322 4064 7322 4067 7318 4064 7314 4062 7335 4058 7357 time...Mot...loc 0249z 179deg 35kt 4045 7336 -- Thursday May.25 17,11:36 PM

Hanukkah 2013: Menorah Lightings and Hanukkah Events

Come enjoy the festival of lights! Starting the night before Thanksgiving, Hanukkah is celebrated by many families on Long Island. So see a menorah and celebrate the Festival of Lights!

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It does not matter how you spell it, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Channukah, Hanukah, or Hannukah, this Jewish holiday is known to be the Festival of Lights. The holiday changes based on the lunar calendar and this year it is from November 27th to December 5th.

Hannukah is the holiday for the rededication of the Temple after its destruction. Every year, it is tradition to light the menorah every night for eight nights. The reason for this is as they were rededicating the Temple, there was only enough oil for lighting the menorah for one night. However, the oil miraculously lasted eight nights. Now it is traditions for the menorah to be light every night; one candle on the first night, two candles on the second, and so on until the eighth night of Hannukah.

In addition to the menorah lighting tradition, there is also the tradition to eating fried food like latkes or potato pancakes. Why fried? It is cooked in oil! Then there is the drediel that is played during the holiday. Marked with the Hebrew letter of Nun, Gimmel, Hei, and Shin, the drediels give the message "A Great Miracle Happened There." Using coins or chocolate, each side of the drediel stands for different amount you win from what you bet. Rules vary, but it is still a fun activity after lighting the candles.

Long Islanders can celebrate Hannukah in their homes or at the various events taking place on the island this November. So check out of the great events going on this Hannukah season:

Do you know any other Hannukah events going on here on Long Island? Let us know by email and post the event on the events calendar!