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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

Enjoy a Day in NYC with the Kids

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For February Break, hop aboard the LIRR and take your kids to see great NYC museums and landmarks!

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If you are looking for something different to do with your kids during your staycation over the February break, bring them into the city for a day of culture and fun!  New York City can be very family-friendly if you know where to look, such as the museums that offer free admission for young ones, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is free for kids under age 12, and has more than just standard art - there are statues, tombs, and much much more to wow your little ones!  The LIRR makes this even easier by offering a family fare, which means that up to four children ages 5-11 can ride off-peak and PM peak eastbound rush hour trains for the low fare of $1 each as long as they are accompanied by a fare-paying adult.  Children under 5 ride free, so what more of a reason could you need to get the kids out of the house for the day?  Make some memories by visiting some of these hot spots this week:

Museums with Free Admission for Children: Going to the city can get expensive, so add a free museum to your itinerary.  Though adults are expected to pay for their ticket, you will save on your little ones. 

  • Museum of Modern Art (under age 16)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (under age 12)
  • Guggenheim Museum (under age 12)
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum (free Thursdays 3-5 p.m., every third Thursday 3-7 p.m.)
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan (free on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m.)

Family-Friendly Broadway Shows: Take your kids to an early showing of a Broadway show that they can relate to. Warning: Your kids will likely be singing songs from the show for weeks to come!

  • The Lion King
  • Wicked
  • Aladdin
  • Matilda
  • Stomp
  • Blue Man Group

Famous Kids' Stores: Be prepared to spend some money, because it is impossible to bring a child into one of these kid-centric stores and not have them begging to buy something.

  • FAO Shwarz
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • American Girl Place
  • The Lego Store
  • Toys “R” Us

Places to Eat:  Fortunately as a parent, the city is known for very kid-friendly foods – pizza, bagels, and hot dogs.  Though you could get a dirty water dog on one of many street corners, try stepping it up and going to these famous NYC eateries with your kids!

  • Grimaldi’s:  This famous Brooklyn pizzeria is right at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, and serves legendary brock-oven pizza.  Be sure to get there early, as a line out the door forms quickly!
  • Joe’s Pizza:  Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street serves up slices that embody everything New Yorkers brag about when they boast about their pizza.
  • Nathan’s:  Take your kids to Coney Island for a step back in time with a Nathan’s hot dog and fries.
  • Shake Shack:  Everything here will be right up your kid’s alley – from burgers to hot dogs to – of course – the shakes. Here is another spot that although there are many Shake Shacks throughout the city, you are guaranteed to be hit with an out-the-door line if you go right in the midst of lunchtime.