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TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 70 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday afternoon until Tuesday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * STORM SURGE - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas - Window of concern: Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground. - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe. - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes. - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives. - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

Local Not-for-Profits Where You Can Donate Gently Used Toys

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Keep the giving season going and donate gently used toys to brighten a child's day!

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After getting flooded with new gifts for the holidays, you may feel like you are flooding in stuff – especially if you have children whose toy collections may have doubled.  This January, have your kids choose which of their older toys to donate to other children who are not as fortunate, and make room for the new toys at the same time!  Before you donate, make sure you have all of the materials that are part of the toy, and that is not broken or soiled.  Most charities will not accept used stuffed animals, so be sure to call before you drop any off.  If you like to use the internet to find a specific family in need, you can go to Freecycle.com where you can either seek out someone looking for gently used toys, or you can post what you have to offer and those in need can reach out to you for it.  You can then arrange a designated meeting space for the exchange.  You can also see if your pediatrician’s office will accept donations of sturdy toys for children to play with while they are in the waiting room.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
145 Sycamore Lane, Islandia
631-273-1469
70 Acorn Lane, Levittown
516-731-7880

Children's Sport Connection
1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City
516-512-8922
(Sports equipment donations only)

Dominican Sisters Thrift Shops
110 Front Street, Greenport
631-477-1290

Family Service League
790 Park Avenue, Huntington
631-427-3700

Glen Head Center
700 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head
516-674-8395

Goodwill Thrift Stores
1500 Middle Country Road, Centereach, 631-698-0860
1900 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington 631-462-4219

Harbor Child Day Care
700 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head
631-674-8395

Hempstead Center
30 W. Columbia Street, Hempstead
516-564-1523

Interfaith Nutritional Network
211 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead
516-486-8506

Lending Comforts to the Sick
71 Blydenburg Avenue, Smithtown
631-265-1674

Little Flower Children's Services of New York
2450 North Wading River Road, Wading River
631-929-5341

Long Island Head Start
161 Margin Drive East, Shirley
631-395-4853

The Lupus Foundation of America
2255 Centre Avenue, Bellmore
800-850-9000
Pick-up scheduling available

North Shore LIJ Health System
306 Community Drive, Manhasset
516-562-2572

Pronto of Long Island
128 Pine Aire Drive, Bay Shore
631-231-8290

The Retreat
13 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton
631-329-4398
 
Savers
700 East Patchogue-Yaphank Road, Medford
631-924-3082
7001 West Sunrise Highway, Holbrook
631-589-4257

Salvation Army Thrift Stores
414 E. Main Street, Patchogue
110 Bellerose Avenue, East Northport
227 Little Neck Road, West Babylon
66 Church Street, Freeport
319 East Main Street, Riverhead
992 Prospect Avenue, Westbury
211 Blue Point Avenue, Blue Point
65 Atlantic Avenue, Hempstead
 888-574-2587
Pick-up scheduling available

Sibs Place
1420 Broadway, Hewlett
516-374-3000

VVA-Vietnam Veterans of America
2 Wilson Boulevard, Central Islip
631-582-0242
Pick-up scheduling available
Woodward Children's Center
201 West Merrick Road, Freeport
516-379-0900