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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, 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, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 240 miles south of New York City NY or about 300 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 37.4N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 50 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 10 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay, located just east of the southern Delmarva Peninsula, will move northward along the coast towards the area today, making landfall near the New York City area tonight. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions today into tonight. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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. * WIND: Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * 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. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents are likely for all people entering the surf zone. Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Localized minor flooding, inundation of 1 ft or less, along vulnerable coastal and shoreline locales of the Great South Bay of Long Island and Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ Harbor, Coastal CT, Coastal Westchester, and Gardiners Bay during times of high tide this afternoon into tonight.

God Help Us All, Love Is In The Air!

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by Priscilla Barton Happy Valentine's Day! Ah, Hallmark is licking its lips in anticipation, knowing crazed lovers will dole out big bucks for their saccharin verse. It's a given. We've been brainwashed. It started in ...

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by Priscilla Barton

Happy Valentine's Day! Ah, Hallmark is licking its lips in anticipation, knowing crazed lovers will dole out big bucks for their saccharin verse. It's a given. We've been brainwashed. It started in the first grade when that goofy kid who shot spitballs at you all day had the nerve to hand you a Valentine. You kicked him in the shin, but secretly coveted that paper heart. Bet you still have it! Love makes fools of us all. That pretty card, and a heart-shaped box of candy tells us we are loved. Of course, as we get older and more jaded, we demand more elaborate evidence of this love, like jewelry - expensive jewelry. Pity the poor husband who believes the box of candy in his hands is going to get him the sweet and appreciative reaction he so desires. Yep, one more holiday gone commercial. Time to whip out the plastic, and top last year's gift. Where is the romance? Where is the thrill of that tiny paper heart I was handed in the first grade? For all of the men who never seem to get it right, listen up! Buy her a book of poetry by Pablo Neruda, master of love. Then read her the poem that best describes what she means to you. Trust me, this will score you big points with the fair lady. (by the way, she'll also take the jewelry) Of course, if you're a poet, you have the upperhand. No need to tell the poet how it's done. He already knows how to kill with words. In summation, let's be sweet to each other, let's hold hands, and kiss for a really long time, let's drink champagne in the bathtub together, let's blast Otis Redding, and slow-dance in the living room, let's remember that tiny paper heart in first grade. Oh, and let's make love!

A poem from Pablo:

Distant Woman

This woman fits in my hands.
She is fair and blonde, and
I would carry her in my hands
like a basket of magnolias.

This woman fits in my eyes.
My gaze enfolds her, my gaze
that sees nothing as it enfolds her.

This woman fits in my desires.
She is naked before the yearning
flame of my life, and my desire
burns her like a live coal.

But, Distant Woman, my hands,
my eyes, and my desires
save for you their caresses,
because only you, distant woman,
only you fit in my heart.

by Pablo Neruda

Between kisses, let's remember the upcoming poetry readings on Long Island. Check out The New Scene at The Hansom House located at 256 Elm St. Southhampton, NY on Thursday nights at 8:30PM on Feb.1st, Feb.8th, Feb.15th, & Feb. 22. And don't forget The Swingset at 60 Main St. Bayshore, NY, hosted by Soul Kitchen on Feb. 10th at 8PM. Poetry is out there. Go find it! Peace.