Weather Alert(2)!
"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...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * 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. 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 , "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. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,03:00 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

Soup Kitchens on Long Island

Doing some spring cleaning? This season, consider donating your gently worn clothing, household items and cans of non-perishable food from your cupboards to a charity or soup kitchen on Long Island. The national statistics for families who are just at or below the poverty line and are struggling just to feed their families has been steadily increasing since the economic downturn in 2009. Long Island has not been exempt from this struggle. According to a 2011 study by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares, they have helped 283,000 individuals in a single year and have seen an increase of 47.5% in weekly clients since 2005.

Thankfully, Long Island has some very devoted charities and soup kitchens who have helped out in providing donated food and clothing for those in need. Help out your neighbors and local communities by donating food to a local charity or soup kitchen in your area today, or offering to volunteer your time and lend a hand. Items currently in high demand include low sodium, low fat, and dietetic foods and sauces, baby formulas, baby food, prenatal vitamins, and diapers. Please consider donating your gently worn clothing and household items as well.

Local Resources and Contact Information:

Charity Contact Information
Island Harvest 

199 Second Street
 Mineola, NY 11501 
(516) 294-8528
randi@islandharvest.org

Long Island Cares 10 Davids Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 582-FOOD

info@licares.org
Christ’s First Presbyterian Church Hempstead 353 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-292-1644
prazhm@msn.com
Our Holy Redeemer Parish Outreach

37 South Ocean Avenue
Freeport, NY 11520
516-868-8289
ohr37@aol.com

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church of Bay Shore 9 North Clinton Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-665-4911 x 124 
631-665-4911 x 133
FKeach@stpatrickbayshore.org

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