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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * 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 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....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....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 until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this afternoon into this 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 until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 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 17,11:36 AM

Long Island Crisis Center Alert: Spring, Not Winter, is Peak Suicide Season

Ask most people which time of the year they think has the highest suicide rate and they will answer during the dark and cold winter, especially around the holidays. Instead, recent studies continue to report ...

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Bellmore, NY - April 10, 2014 - Ask most people which time of the year they think has the highest suicide rate and they will answer during the dark and cold winter, especially around the holidays.  Instead, recent studies continue to report that suicide and suicide attempts actually spike during the Spring.

While studies and research are ongoing, there has been, to date, no clear-cut explanation for this seasonal enigma. One theory suggests that during the winter, people with depression are often surrounded by persons who are feeling down and despondent, too, because of the weather.  However with the arrival of Spring, people who were feeling down because of the weather start to feel better; and people who are depressed for other reasons remain depressed. They see others around them begin to emerge from the “winter doldrums” and they start to question whether they will ever be happy.

“We know that this seasonal statistic is counter-intuitive to commonly-held beliefs,” states Theresa Buhse, Associate Executive Director, Long Island Crisis Center.  “However, by correcting this myth, we can be more pro-active in being suicide aware and preventive if we know the reality.”

The Crisis Center urges everyone to be aware of the possible “signs of suicide:”

  • Sadness and crying
  • Increase or decrease in sleeping patterns
  • Boredom and listlessness
  • Angry shifting to silent withdrawal
  • Withdrawal from usual social activities, loneliness
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, job or school
  • Drop in grades, inability to complete assignments or pay attention in class
  • Increased risk-taking
  • Sense of worthlessness and low self-esteem
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Neglecting personal hygiene and appearance
  • Re-occurring themes of death and self-destruction in poetry, writing, artwork
  • Lack of plans for the future
  • Statements like “I want to die,” “I don’t want to live anymore,” I want to go to sleep and never wake up,”
  • “Soon this pain will be over,” “I don’t want to be here anymore.”

The Crisis Center provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention through its 24/7 hotlines at 516-679-1111; or its online and live chat at www.licconline.org;  or by texting “LICC” to 839-863 (Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) or walk-in counseling at 2740 Martin Ave., Bellmore.