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TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT * 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 1-3 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: - - -

Gang members indicted for murder and other charges, DWI suspect uses fake ID, woman brought back to life at LIJ and more news for January 24th, 2012

Five Alleged Gang Members Indicted; Syosset Student Diagnosed with MRSA, LI Wooman Brought Back to Life at LIJ Medical; DWI Suspect Used Fake ID

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Five Alleged Gang Members Indicted

Five alleged members of a Long Island street gang were indicted on charges of murder, assault and robbery. Two of the five men, Hector Torres and Jose Alvarenga, were arraigned on Monday, each pleading not guilty. The other three defendants will face arraignment later this week. The charges come after prosecutors say the men were involved in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy outside of a house party in Brentwood while one of the defendants is accused of killing another gang member suspected of working as a government informant execution-style.

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Syosset Student Diagnosed with MRSA

A student at Syosset High School was recently diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a strain of staph infection that is resistant to basic antibiotics, such as methicillin. It can be spread by sharing contaminated items such as towels and clothing but the Nassau County Health Department is working with the school to minimize the risk of transmission to other students. If untreated the infection can develop into a full blown case of staph infection, impetigo and even MRSA pneumonia but if taken care of early it came be treated with localized care by a physician and antibiotics. Principal Giovanni Durante says that the “simplest and most important measure to prevent the spread of infection is to use good personal hygiene… hand washing, proper care of skin injuries and skin infections, and avoiding sharing personal items such as razors, headgear and towels.”

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LI Woman Brought Back to Life at LIJ Medical

24-year-old Joanne Giacalone suffered cardiac arrest and passed out in a parking lot as a result on the afternoon of December 20, 2011. She was brought to a local hospital and then transferred to North Shore-LIJ where a medical team performed constant chest compressions thusly saving her life. It was also discovered that she had a significant pulmonary embolism (clots in the lungs). Doctors hadn’t been too optimistic in her chances of survival however. After Giacalone’s surgery her breast bone couldn’t be closed due to internal swelling. Surgeons moved her to the ICU, chest open and only a dressing covering her heart. Dr. Michael Graver (the surgeon who saved Giacalone’s life) and Dr. Jacob Scheinerman (Vice Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery) dubbed Miss Giacalone as their “Christmas miracle” and was permitted to go home on January 3. Giacalone is a nursing school graduate and has hopes of working in the LIJ cardiothoracic unit. Dr. Graver announced that she will be admitted into the Critical Care Nursing Fellowship later this year.

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DWI Suspect Used Fake ID

Police stopped Isreal Garcia after he let a house on Albany Avenue in Southampton where police responded short before 11pm to a report of a domestic incident. The 34-year-old man was apprehended on Quogue Avenue while driving a jeep, allegedly under the influence of alcohol. After Garcia failed the field sobriety tests he presented a fake North Carolina drivers license to officers. Garcia has been charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He will be arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court.

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