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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning now in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST Monday... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. * Coastal flood impacts...potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore 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 Monday 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 Monday evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM.....9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... New Haven CT.........817 PM......8.9-9.6/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Old Field NY.........820 PM......9.3-9.8/2.0-2.5.....Min-mod.. Glen Cove NY.........900 PM....10.2-10.7/2.3-2.8.....Min-mod.. , "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. , "Storm Warning" ...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 10 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. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,09:12 PM

Long Island Fruit Picking

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A successful day of fruit picking on Long Island. 
 
New York is known as “The Big Apple” and many Long Islanders travel upstate for their fruit picking ventures, however, there are many locations on Long Island that fulfill every fruit picking need. Long Island has the most agriculturally rich land in the region. Despite its proximity to densely populated urban and suburban communities, Long Island’s east end is home to many different orchards and farms, making fruit picking a popular activity throughout the warmer months without having to travel too far. Over twenty kinds of fruits and vegetables are grown each year on Long Island.  
 
The arrival of ripe strawberries coincides with the early summer months, their natural sweetness matches the beautiful warm weather.  Strawberry picking has been a popular recreational activity on Long Island for decades. There are many pick-your-own strawberry farms, a fun place to bring the whole family between may and June.  Many locations on Long Island  offered strawberry picking during the height of its season from late May to June.
 
You can hardly enjoy the fall season without seeing a freshly carved jack-o-lantern for the Halloween season. The tradition of carving vegetables into lanterns stems back to Ireland and Scotland, where the vegetable of preference was a turnip. Pumpkins bring the opportunity for many more seasonal activities and treats.  Pumpkin picking on Long Island dominates the east end during the fall, and any drive out east will inevitably bring you to a dozen or more harvest farm stands with pumpkins up front or back in the fields for picking.  Decorative gourds are available at nearly all stands, as well as canned fruits, cider, Long Island sweet corn and other seasonal treats. Pumpkins are usually available from mid to late September through October. 
 
Apple picking is also a fun activity that defines New York state and is not too far away for us Long Islanders. Apple season stretches from early September to late October, and is often associated with popular treats such as apple cider and apple cider doughnuts, roasted corn on the cob, and other delicious baked goods.
 
Berry picking on Long Island is a popular activity during the summer’s warmest month, July. Long Island farms offer pick-your-own options for blueberries, raspberries, cherries and blackberries. These naturally fresh summer treats also make delicious jams and jellies to provide a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth throughout the winter.
 
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