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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning now in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST Monday... * 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 Monday 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 Monday 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 from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and 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 from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 6 to 10 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. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,09:12 PM

Deadline for Obamacare Health Care Coverage Sign-Up Extended to Dec. 24

Individuals still have today to sign up for health care coverage under Obamacare to begin on Jan. 1. The deadline was extended from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24.

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Just as everyone was rushing to meet the Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for health care coverage to begin on Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, the White House granted a one day extension on the deadline – to Dec. 24.

As if everything wasn’t confusing enough, this is the second change to the deadline date. Previously, it was Dec. 15, then Dec. 23, and now it’s Dec. 24.

The White House offered the extension to accommodate people in different time zones. Clearly, the extension was also needed to deal with the site’s troubles.

According to USA Today, more than 1 million visitors logged into HealthCare.gov on Monday, and more than 60,000 people faced a landing page indicating the site was busy and that they may be alerted of when the site may accommodate them by leaving an email address.

While the extended deadline is a relief to those who have been having trouble signing up, it comes as a surprise to some insurance brokers who planned to have these matters wrapped up before Christmas Eve.

The latest deadline extension clears the way for individuals seeking to have health insurance coverage come Jan. 1. For others, the final deadline for enrollment remains March 31.

Payment of the first premium must also be made by Jan. 10 for coverage to take effect at the start of the year.

 [Source: Healthcare.gov; The White House, President Barack Obama; USA Today.]