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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 to 4 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...minor to moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. Minor coastal flooding is possible with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline 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.....9.9-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Glen Cove NY.........900 PM.....9.6-10.1/2.1-2.7.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning now in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Gusts 65 to 70 mph possible over Twin Forks of Long Island. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected tonight. * 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 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 5 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 17,07:48 PM

Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Suffolk

Health officials encourage residents to report sightings of dead birds.

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Selden, NY - June 25, 2014 - Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, announced today that an American robin collected on June 16th in Selden has tested positive for West Nile virus, an illness that infects birds and is spread to humans by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and then humans. This is the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in the county this year. To date this year, the Department of Health Services has received no reports that humans, mosquitoes or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus.
 
Dead birds may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. Residents are encouraged to report sightings of dead birds to the Department of Health Services’ Public Health Hotline at 631-787-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. County staff will collect crows, blue jays, hawks and American robins between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
 
If it is determined by health officials that a reported bird is not needed for testing or if a dead bird is discovered on a weekend, residents should take proper precautionary measures: put the dead bird into a doubled bag, using gloves and a shovel, and dispose of it in the trash. Note: Humans cannot catch West Nile virus directly from birds.
 
Dr. Tomarken urges residents to cooperate with the county in its efforts to contain the spread of West Nile virus: “Most people experience no symptoms from West Nile virus, however, some people will develop severe symptoms, including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.  The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.”
To reduce chances of being bitten by mosquitoes, residents are advised to:
  • minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn;
  • wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are more active;
  • use mosquito repellent when outdoors, following label directions carefully;
  • make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that screens are in good repair; and
  • eliminate all standing water around their homes.
To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.
 
For medical questions related to West Nile virus, contact your health care provider or call 631-854-0333 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
 
For further information on mosquitos and mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Department of Health Services’ website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health and look under “Seasonal Trends.”