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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 17,09:24 AM

Driver Arrested for DWI After Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

A passenger was ejected from the vehicle of a drunk driver in East Patchogue.

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July 22, 2013 - East Patchogue, NY - Suffolk County Police today arrested a Mastic man for driving while intoxicated after a motor vehicle crash killed his grandfather and injured his two other passengers in East Patchogue today.

Gary Hendricks was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban with three passengers westbound on Sunrise Highway when his vehicle hit the back of a 1997 GMC pickup truck driven by Jonnathan Penaranda. The Suburban went onto the shoulder, up an embankment and overturned several times east of Route 112 at approximately 5:15 p.m. 

Hendricks’ grandfather, Isaac Beal, 77, who was seated in the backseat, was ejected from the Suburban and pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The other backseat passenger, Donald Fowler, 62, of West Babylon, was airlifted via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition. Hendricks, 45, of Mastic, and frontseat passenger Tina Downes, 47, of Medford, were transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue with non-life-threatening injuries. Penaranda, 21, of Patchogue, and his passenger were not injured in the crash.

Hendricks was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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