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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

Zove Encourages Suffolk County Residents to Donate Blood

Blood shortage resulted from harsh winter conditions.

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Melville, NY - April 28, 2014 - New York State’s 8th Assembly District candidate Jason Zove is asking Suffolk County residents to participate in a local blood drive or donate blood and/or platelets at their earliest convenience due to a shortage of this vital resource.
 
“We are facing a shortage of blood supply in Suffolk County because of the rough winter we just experienced and the high number of blood drives that were cancelled as a result,” said Zove. “I am asking Suffolk County residents to please consider donating blood and/or platelets so we can save the lives of our friends and neighbors who rely on blood transfusions to survive.”
 
According to the New York Blood Center website, 4.5 million Americans receive blood transfusions each year. Furthermore, blood products are perishable; donated red cells last only 42 days, platelets last only five days, and plasma can be frozen for a year.
 
“By donating blood you will be saving the lives of cancer patients, transplant and surgery patients, victims of trauma, newborn babies and their mothers, and other people who are in need,” said Zove.
 
The New York Blood Center has three locations in Suffolk County where you can go and donate blood and/or platelets:
 
3125 Veterans Highway, Ronkonkoma, New York 11779
Open Tuesday-Saturday and the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month; Closed Monday
 
905 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, New York 11747
Closed Thursday
 
1010 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, New York 11776
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday
 
Please visit the website for New York Blood Center at nybloodcenter.org or call 1-800-933-2566 for more information or to schedule a donation appointment.
 
The St. Johnland Nursing Center is hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 5, 9:30am-3:30pm, at their location, 395 Sunken Meadow Road, in Kings Park. Call Cheryl Connelly at 631-663-2461 for more information.
 
The Knights of Columbus Lodge Council 3958 is hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 19, 12:00pm-6:30pm at 130 Lake Avenue South, Nesconset, to help those with Cooley’s Anemia, which is a genetic blood disorder in which the lack of beta protein in the hemoglobin causes a life-threatening anemia that requires regular blood transfusions and extensive ongoing medical care. Please call 631-724-1381 for more information.
 
“It’s not often that we have the opportunity to directly save people’s lives, and I want to thank the St. Johnland Nursing Center, the Knights of Columbus and all community groups that choose to champion blood drives,” said Zove.