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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey... * hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...from 15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Cold impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. * Wind impacts...scattered tree limbs and branches downed. Isolated power outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite Jmc , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,06:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Shark Week on Long Island: What to Know About Sharks in Our Waters

Pets & Animal, Nature & Weather, Local News, Seasonal & Current Events

In honor of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, here are some facts about sharks in the waters of Long Island.

Shark Week officially began today on Discovery Channel. While you’re watching one of the many shark documentaries being aired throughout the week, here are a few interesting facts and stories about sharks from the waters surrounding Long Island.

The 2013 Basking Shark

Last year, a dying shark washed up on the shore of a beach in Babylon. The 26-foot, 5,000 pound shark drew plenty of attention and concern from local residents.

After the shark was examined by experts, it was determined to be a basking shark. While basking sharks may be very large and intimidating - in fact they are the second largest living fish in the world - they are filter feeders and do not attack humans. These large, non-aggressive fish feed primarily of plankton and other small sea creatures.

The Most Recent Long Island Shark Attack

Shark attacks are hardly a common occurrence. The odds of being attacked by a shark are about one in 11.5 million. In fact, you are more likely to die by getting struck by lightning or even from digging in the sand if the hole collapses - something to consider the next time you go to the beach.

The most recent shark attack to happen in Long Island was 53 years ago. According to SharkAttackFile.info, 57-year-old Bruno Junker was bitten by a shark while spear fishing out of Oyster Bay on the Long Island Sound in July of 1961. He was bitten on his fingers and leg, and survived the attack, which was considered a provoked attack since Junker reportedly had speared the fish beforehand.

Staying Safe from Sharks

Although the odds are extremely low, it doesn’t hurt the take precautions and know what to do in the event of a shark attack. Here are few tips from the Florida Museum of Natural History:

  • Avoid going in the water between sunset and sunrise, this is when sharks are most active and have an advantage over humans.
  • Avoid erratic splashing and movements, and try to keep your pets out of the water as their movements may attract predators.
  • If you see a shark, stay calm and do not immediately swim away. Most sharks are simply curious and will leave you alone.

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