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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 17,07:36 AM

American Red Cross Continues to Have an Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donations

Thousands have answered the call to donate; additional eligible donors needed.

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New York, NY - August 14, 2014 – The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month.

Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.

To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross especially needs platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

“The Red Cross is grateful for those who stepped up to give this lifesaving gift and reminds eligible donors that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve,” said Kay Schwartz, CEO, New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “As summer draws to a close, you still have the chance to give hope to patients in need.”

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit the website or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county:

Nassau County:

  • East Meadow - 8/22/2014: 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Home Depot, 2000 Hempstead Turnpike
  • Franklin Square - 8/30/2014: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Christ Assembly of God, 47 Pacific Avenue
  • Island Park - 8/20/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Island Park Public Library, 176 Long Beach Rd
  • Mineola - 8/19/2014: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Nassau Count Dept. of Health, 200 County Seat Drive
  • Roslyn - 8/26/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Rallye Mercedes Benz, 1600 Northern Blvd
  • Wantagh - 8/29/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Wantagh Champions Taekwondo, 1184 Wantagh Avenue
  • Westbury - 8/25/2014: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Rallye BMW Westbury, 1 Brush Hollow Road

Suffolk County:

  • Babylon - 8/20/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Robert Moses Parking Field 5, Robert Moses State Park
  • Islandia - 9/9/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Marriott, 3635 Express Drive North
  • Port Jefferson - 9/11/2014: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Edna Louise Spear Elementary School, 500 Scraggy Hill Road
  • Riverhead - 8/28/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street
  • Smithtown - 8/23/2014: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Famous Daves, 716 Smithtown Bypass
  • Stony Brook - 9/3/2014: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Stony Brook Hospital, 101 Nicolls Rd- Health Sciences Center
  • West Babylon - 8/20/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Jones Beach State Park, 625 Belmont Ave

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the website to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.