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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: - - -

Kid-Friendly Museums to Explore on Long Island

Follow your child's passions and let them grow by exploring the many educational and inspiring museums that Long Island has to offer!

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Museums can be educational and inspiring, but not all museums appeal to children in the same way they appeal to adults.  This year, cultivate a love of learning by taking your child to a kid-friendly museum that they can explore freely, or through structured after-school and weekend programs.  Many of these museums also offer camps during summer or school breaks, and birthday parties that are unique and educational - and not too far away!  Bring your kids to one of these museums and enjoy a family outing and leaning experience!

Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
180 Little Neck Road
Centerport 11721

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: Programs are offered for grades K-8 in various groupings and on different topics such as the history of William Vanderbilt, a “sea search” of Vanderbilt’s boat, and a study of Egyptian mummies – which you can find right at the museum!

Maritime Explorium
101 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: Everything at the Explorium is to touch, so you can feel free to let your child explore and to have learning moments together as you guide them through construction challenges and more.  They also offer children’s camps and birthday parties.

The Parrish Art Museum
25 Job's Lane
Southhampton 11968

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: This art museum is the perfect place for your little artist to shine through after school art programs, summer camps, and family workshops.  Free programs for preteens and teens are also offered monthly.

Railroad Museum of Long Island
440 4th Street
Greenport, NY 11944

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: Kids love trains, so here, you can take them to see real trains up close at a1892 freight house.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
301 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: The whaling museum has interactive exhibits that are great for kids, and also offers special children’s events.  The museum also offers children’s camps and birthday parties

Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages
1200 Route 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: Commonly known as the Carriage Museum, here, you can sign up for a “Hands On History” program for kids in grades K-3.

Science Museum of Long Island
1526 North Plandome Road
Manhasset 11030

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: Each month, SMLI offers after-school workshops for grades K-5, nursery programs, holiday programs, summer camp, and birthday parties.

The Serpentarium - Reptile Museum
213 East Main Street
Riverhead 11901

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: Kids will be awed at the wide collection of live snakes, lizards, and frogs at this privately-owned museum.

Tackapausha Museum and Preserve
Washington Ave
Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway
Seaford 11783

What Makes it Kid-Friendly: Tackapausha has lots of live animal exhibits, as well as other interactive exhibits about Long Island’s natural history.

Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

What Makes it Kid Friendly: LICM offers 14 unique hands-on exhibits, including a bubble section where kids can experiment with bubble solutions and actually stand inside a giant bubble!