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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 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 The high wind watch is no longer in effect.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. , "Storm Warning" The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. 911 am EST sun Jan 22 2017 The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,11:00 AM

Great Gifts to Keep on Hand for Unexpected Holiday Guests

Don't let an unexpected guest turn into a Christmas Crisis this holiday - check out these thoughtful, inexpensive gift ideas perfect for keeping handy this holiday for those surprise visitors!

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It can get difficult to buy for everyone on your list, and there’s always someone that shows up to the party unexpectedly. Whether it is a family member or a friend of the family, we have come up with some great “Emergency” Gift Ideas that you can keep on hand without breaking the bank, so that no matter who shows up for the holidays, no one feels left out. 
 
These generous gifts are great to have handy, and are perfect for giving to pretty much anyone that may walk through your door this holiday. Whether an unexpected girlfriend or a distant cousin that decided last minute to join the party, we’ve got you covered with inspired ideas that could save the day and turn a potential holiday faux pas into a heartwarming moment! As you begin to deck the halls and get prepped for Christmas company, be sure to take a moment to check out our Emergency Gift Giving Guide, and be prepared no matter what comes your way this Christmas! 
 
1. Candies, Cookies & Sweet Treats in a Decorative Basket or Tin. These type of gifts are the perfect surprise for everyone - after all who doesn’t love delicious holiday goodies? This is one of the simplest, least expensive on-the-fly gift ideas - simply gather a few different types of cookies or candies in a festive container, and wrap in holiday cellophane if you have some handy. You can even replace the goodies with healthy foods as well, such as raisins and nuts for those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 
 
2. Picture Frames. These are a great emergency gift because almost everyone loves pictures! We all love to surround ourselves with photos of loved ones to remind us each day how lucky we are. Buy a frame that is neutral colored and simple, so it is sure to fit anyone’s tastes. He or she can place it on his or her desk at work or at home on the fireplace! 
 
3. Throw Blankets. Blankets are a warm, convenient present that everyone can enjoy and appreciate! Some leave blankets in their cars, basements or even at work, making this a truly versatile gift. During the holidays, stores often have blanket bundles that include other warm winter items such as gloves, scarves and socks, and these bundles are often offered at deep discounts right before the holidays. Whomever receives this great gift will be sure to appreciate it on a chilly day! 
 
4. Gas Gift Cards. It’s become more and more popular to give out gift cards during the holidays, and a Gas Gift Card is by far the most practical item on our list of Emergency Gifts. No matter who the giftee is - a student, someone with a long commute, or truly anyone who owns a car, thoughtful gift of a gas card is sure to be appreciated. Plus, if you end up not needing that emergency gift, you can always fill up your tank after the holidays have passed!
 
In addition to our Emergency On Hand Gift Guide, we’ve also got some helpful hints for planning ahead:
  • Add Holiday Labels to your on-hand gifts, but don’t fill them out, and keep the gifts to the side somewhere away from the celebrations. After your unexpected guest arrives, excuse yourself for a moment, fill out the tag, and stealthily place the gift under the tree - it’s like it was there the whole time! 
  • Pre-wrap your emergency gifts, and use Post-It Notes as labels for each item. This way, your gift is ready to go, but you won’t have to panic trying to remember what you’ve wrapped!
  • If you like to plan ahead, you can purchase great gifts such as photo frames, blanket bundles, and other holiday-themed items inexpensively after Christmas when they’re on clearance, and save them for next year’s On Hand Gift!
We know the holidays can be an extremely expensive time of year, so if you’re on a budget, make some gifts at home. People love getting handcrafted items, knowing how much thought and time was put into them. And remember, emergency gifts aren’t only helpful during the holidays - they’re great for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and other special occasions as well! 
 
Have a great "Emergency" Gift Idea you would like to share? 
Comment below, or email us at info@longisland.com to share your gift!