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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

Recipes to Revamp Leftover Valentine's Candy

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Still surrounded by Valentine's candy? Whip it into something new and tasty with one of these recipes!

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It's been nearly a week since Valentines Day, and some people - especially parents - may find themselves still surrounded by uneaten valentine candy.  You can also use your candy as a reason for another special night with a loved one or friends - such as by melting down any plain chocolate into fondue for a romantic dessert or just for an excuse to get together with friends and bond over something sweet.  If you don't want your candy lasting through Easter, try using it towards one of these great recipes!

Chocolate Fondue
Have any plain leftover chocolate?  Melt it down and have a fondue night with friends!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (milk, dark, white – whatever you have)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Bananas
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
  • Sponge cake

Directions: Combine sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate has fully melted and it is well mixed. Transfer the mix to a fondue pot or serving bowl, and serve with sliced bananas, marshmallows, cut up sponge cake, and small pieces of graham crackers.


Conversation Heart Rice Crispies
Not sure what to do with all of those conversation hearts?  Add them as décor to your rice crispies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package large marshmallows
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • A handful of conversation hearts (or however much you desire)
  • Melted white chocolate

Directions: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add the large marshmallows and heat until they melt, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.  In a large bowl, mix cereal, mini marshmallows, and sprinkles.  Pour the melted butter and marshmallows over the dry mix and stir until well combined.  Take a 9x13 baking pan and spray it with vegetable oil, then pour the mix into the bowl, pressing it firmly to smooth out any lumps.  Press conversation hearts into the rice krispies.  Chill for about an hour, then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes, or slice into squares and enjoy!
 

Hot Chocolate
DIY doesn’t get easier than this – melt that chocolate into a cup of super chocolatey hot cocoa!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (milk or dark)
  • 1 cup of milk

Directions: Heat up milk in a mug in the microwave for about one to one and a half minutes.  Break up pieces of plain chocolate and drop them into the mug and stir until it melts.  If it does not melt, heat up the mug for another 30 seconds and stir.  Enjoy!
 

Candy-Stuffed Cookies
Give your sweetie something new to snack on by hiding their candy inside a cookie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Rolo candies (or small candy of your choice)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine cake mix, oil, and eggs.  Take a spoonful of dough and roll it into a ball.  Place a Rolo in the center of the cookie dough, then fold the dough around the candy.  Put on an ungreased cookie sheet about two inches apart, and repeat until finished.  Bake 8-10 minutes, then cool for one minute and move to a cooling rack.