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"Coastal Flood Statement, Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 to 4 ft above astronomical tides this evening. 2 1/2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides Tuesday morning. * Timing...minor to moderate coastal flooding this evening due to surge and wave action. Localized minor coastal flooding expected with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle due to residual surge. * 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....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.6.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM......8.9-9.4/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Glen Cove NY.........900 PM.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Min-mod.. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Tue am... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......911 am.....9.8-10.3/2.0-2.5.....Iso minor Stamford CT..........838 am......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Iso minor Bridgeport CT........835 am......8.8-9.3/1.5-2.0.....Iso minor Glen Cove NY.........908 am.....9.6-10.1/1.8-2.3.....Iso minor , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this evening to just after midnight. * 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 4 to 7 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 17,09:48 PM

Case of Whooping Cough Found at Northport High School

The highly contagious respiratory illness, Pertussis, hit Northport High School. The Suffolk County Department of Health confirmed the case and issued a notice on what symptoms to look for and what to do if you've ...

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A highly contagious respiratory illness has been confirmed at Northport High School on Long Island. A case of Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, was confirmed by the Suffolk County Department of Health.

A notice was issued on Monday to the community. This makes the 45th case this year in Suffolk County.

The illness is often spread through the air through coughing by the infected individual.

Individuals with the case may experience uncontrollable coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. There is also a whooping sound while gasping for air. Once one is exposed to it, it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to develop.

There are three stages to Pertussis:

Stage one involves a low-grade fever and mild cough that may last for one or two weeks.

Stage two involves spasmodic coughing followed by long whooping sounds that can last for six weeks or more. There may also be instances of vomiting/gagging, and/or facial color changes following coughing episodes.

Stage three involves coughing episodes that may last for up to 100 days, however, the infection is no longer contagious after appropriate antibiotic treatment.

Even if one is updated on vaccinations, immunity to Pertussis may wane over the years, but being up-to-date on vaccinations remains the best defense, according to a statement by Suffolk County Health Department's Dr. Shaheda Iftikar.

Anyone infected should contact their doctor for appropriate antibiotic treatment, according to Dr. Iftikar. Children infected should remain home until five days of antibiotic treatment is completed.

More information on Pertussis is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or by calling the Division of Disease Control at (631) 854-0333.

[Source: Suffolk County Department of Health Services]