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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 1 am EDT Friday... * locations...low lying coastal areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...1 to 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides tonight. * Timing...minor flooding around the times of high tide tonight. * Impacts...minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads...and adjacent properties tonight. Inundation of 1 to 1 1/2 ft above ground level in the lowest lying spots. A few Road closures likely with a low threat of property damage. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ... ..............................(mllw/mhhw).................. Kings Point NY......1136 PM..10.5-11.0/2.7-3.2......minor..... Stamford CT.........1151 PM..10.3-10.8/2.5-3.0......minor..... Bridgeport CT.......1148 PM...9.6-10.1/2.3-2.8......minor..... New Haven CT........1147 PM....8.8-9.3/2.1-2.6......min-mod... , "Special Statement" ...An area of strong thunderstorms will affect western Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties... At 1049 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 12 miles southeast of Jones Beach, moving north at 40 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Islip, Brentwood, Levittown, Freeport, Commack, Huntington Station, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Plainview, Massapequa, Hauppauge, Syosset, Huntington, Westbury and Babylon. Torrential rainfall, with one to two inches possible, is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Lat...Lon 4091 7364 4093 7352 4090 7349 4095 7349 4094 7343 4091 7341 4096 7340 4091 7322 4093 7316 4097 7316 4069 7314 4070 7323 4065 7337 4067 7324 4066 7322 4064 7322 4067 7318 4064 7314 4062 7335 4058 7357 time...Mot...loc 0249z 179deg 35kt 4045 7336 1050 PM EDT Thu may 25 2017 ...An area of strong thunderstorms will affect western Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties... At 1049 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 12 miles southeast of Jones Beach, moving north at 40 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Islip, Brentwood, Levittown, Freeport, Commack, Huntington Station, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Plainview, Massapequa, Hauppauge, Syosset, Huntington, Westbury and Babylon. Torrential rainfall, with one to two inches possible, is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Lat...Lon 4091 7364 4093 7352 4090 7349 4095 7349 4094 7343 4091 7341 4096 7340 4091 7322 4093 7316 4097 7316 4069 7314 4070 7323 4065 7337 4067 7324 4066 7322 4064 7322 4067 7318 4064 7314 4062 7335 4058 7357 time...Mot...loc 0249z 179deg 35kt 4045 7336 -- Thursday May.25 17,11:36 PM

Ebola Outbreak a Threat to the U.S.?

Since March the largest Ebola outbreak in history has infected at least 1,200 people and killed more than 670 of them, including two Americans. What's the chance of it spreading to the U.S.?

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The fear is the Ebola virus is only a short plane ride to the U.S., but according to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans face little risk.

The deadly germ has hit several West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and has infected at least 1,200 people and killed more than 670 of them since March. Those affected include two American aid workers in Liberia.

Being the largest Ebola outbreak in history and after an incident of the virus carried to another region by plane – via a passenger who later died – worry began as to the risk the U.S. faces. A telebriefing on Monday with the CDC provided an official word as to what threat there is to the U.S, stating the likelihood of this outbreak spreading outside of West Africa is very low.

“Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population,” according to Stephan Monroe of CDC’s National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in the telebriefing.

The Ebola virus is not contagious until individuals show symptoms, including fever and vomiting. And even then, “transmission [has to be] through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.”

The virus is clearly deadly and requires an incubation period of as long as 21 day to determine if an individual has developed symptoms after contact with an infected person.

Thus far, the World Health Organization has not recommended any travel restrictions.

Action is however being taken to alert healthcare workers in the U .S. on how to isolate and test suspected patients to limit infection.

There’s no clear answer to when the Ebola outbreak will be over, but it is defined as when nobody has been diagnosed for six weeks, or 21 days.

[Source: CDC]