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*TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST* This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut ***TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST*** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Orange and Putnam - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * STORM INFORMATION: - About 830 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 900 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 29.7N 79.9W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 355 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, coastal Connecticut, and the New York City Metro. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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. * SURGE: Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - There is potential for widespread minor to locally moderate coastal flooding across the Lower New York Harbor and South Shore Back Bays, with localized minor flooding impacts elsewhere. - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots. - 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. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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.

The Big Five-Oh!

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BY MARY MALLOY I have recently hit an important milestone, or more accurately, it has hit me. I turned 50 years old, and it is a whole new experience. Add to the mix the birth ...

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BY MARY MALLOY

I have recently hit an important milestone, or more accurately, it has hit me.

I turned 50 years old, and it is a whole new experience. Add to the mix the birth of my first grandchild a few months ago, and you have a not-quite-former-hippie chick asking the age-old (pun intended) question of, "How the heck did this all happen?"

The year was 1954 -- Elvis just started shaking his famous pelvis, shiny new cars were under $2,000, bread was 17 cents a loaf, gasoline was 20 cents per gallon, and the average annual salary was $4,700 (well, not much changed there for me....) I was one of those "surprise" babies, born to parents who were already grandparents, and ten years after my brother, who was seventh in line, which made "Eight Is Enough" my mother's mantra.

I really was in the "make love, not war" era. Not politically charged enough to protest the war in Vietnam or burn my bra, and not hard rock enough to be a real "Dead Head", gratefully. (yes, pun intended, again.)
I settle for listening to The Archies, "Sugar, Sugar:" and hoping I looked cool in white, pearl lipstick and a shag haircut. And I said, "Far out!" a lot, which is today's equivalent for "Awesome......"
And I hear the word "dude" never went out of style. Some things just never die...

Unfortunately, I saw a lot of drug overdoses in my age group, enough to scare me straight to just alcohol for a while (remember drinking Mateuse out of those sheepskin bags? Or Ripple? Or Strawberry Wine? Or Tango in the bottle?) Luckily, that stage didn't last too long, because disco came into vogue, and that was all about looking good in a dress and high heels. And dancing well. John Travolta and Saturday Night Fever were the "in" thing now.

I came through those years virtually unscathed, and had many chapters to my life -- a teenage marriage, a beautiful son when I was 20, being a divorced working mom, remarrying a younger man, having three more beautiful children after I was 35 years old, and eventually a divorced working mom again (did I say chapters? I meant recycling!)
Done yet? No way, I dabbled in the arts, became a journalist, singer, actress (all without giving up my "day job, which actually paid the bills) -- and I eventually reconnected with my childhood friend after 25 years and married him. And now added to the rest of my gorgeous kids, I have a wonderful man by my side, and a stepson, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson

So, I know how I got here, but how did "50" come so fast?

A decade birthday is very special, and they truly are landmarks. I don't remember ten, I was probably getting dirty and having a lot of fun. At twenty, I was a mother already, and didn't feel much of a change. At thirty, I was working, looking trim, and busy, but nothing earthshattering. I was looking forward to forty, since I had always thought forty-year old women were "hot" --stylish, sexy, experienced, knowing, worldy, mysterious -- I was ready for it. But, as life would have it, I was only hot from running after toddlers at forty -- I had just given birth to my son, and my girls were two and four years old. And sexy? Not if you consider the easy-open flaps on a nursing bra very "Victoria's Secret." Stylish? Well, sweat pants and oversized shirts never go out of style!

So, that leaves fifty -- where would I be at fifty years old? I hate to say it, because we all know that age is just a state of mind, but fifty sounds OLD -- even to me. Even the word "fifty..fifty..fifty.." Nah, doesn't flow out of my mouth easily. I have not yet had to volunteer my age (not that anyone has asked yet) but I can't see it coming out easily - "I'm fif...fif...fif...." Blubbering idiot already.
And while you're still 49, they start sending those AARP membership offers -- hey, I can get discounts on everything now that it takes me longer to get there!

Being 50 also upsets me because I cannot get away with my ditsy attitude anymore -- who at 50 acts silly? I think I'll just look foolish. Even Goldie Hawn gave that up years ago. Although she is still beautiful (with a little help from Botox) she acts her age. She's a cool grandma. But she looks uncomfortable in the role, as if she, too, did not know how she got there.

But being fifty really is different from our mothers and grandmothers. Every children's book I have looked at for my grandson Thomas has the child going off to visit grandma, and there she is, standing in the doorway, waving him in, wearing orthopedic shoes, wiping her hands on a very large, white cooking apron, and sporting a newly-permed crop of silver-grey hair. Why don't I think that's me?

We baby boomers have redefined "fifty." We were not very good to our bodies when we were young, and we're trying to make up for it now. We keep the vitamin and sports club industries in business (that't cause we kept the Twinkies and Pepsi suppliers happy when we were younger.)We can wear jeans (we invented those, too, didn't we?) and look our age. We can listen to Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd and still be considered cool (did you see how old those guys look now, though? Wow...) We saw communes come and go, war protesters shot, and computers invented before our eyes.

There's not much I have missed in 50 years, and there's so much more to look forward to. There's no one way that I feel - some days I feel older, a few muscle aches here and there -- and other days I pass a mirror, and wonder why that woman looking back isn't 17, because that's how I feel inside. My mother was very youthful looking until she was, well, about my age -- and in her mid 70's, she said it was a shame our bodies have to age, because she still felt young inside, but people treat her like an "old lady." Only as time goes on, can I appreciate what she said. Some of us are worn down by life, by experiences, by working, by hardships, but I don't want to be that way. I want to flourish from these things -- learn from the experiences and get on with my life.

So, I'll take another 50 years and let you know how it goes.

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Mary Malloy is a published writer, having written humorous, ongoing columns in local newspapers including The East Rockaway Observer,The Five Towns Forum, Nassau Tribune, Nassau Community Newspaper Group, & Long Island Woman periodical. She recently married her childhood sweetheart and is the mother of five children, ages 12 to 30 --and the grandmother of a lively toddler name Thomas. She experiences every day life by coping, juggling and living on (and loving) Long Island, New York and sharing the humor and the ironies of life with others.