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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: - - -

Spice Up Your Dinner Plans with These Bold Recipes

Keep warm with these recipes for homemade sriracha sauce and spicy shredded beef!

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Though the weather may be numbingly cold, one quick and easy way to warm up is with some spicy foods to wake up your taste buds.  Capsaicin - the natural component found hot peppers - tricks your body into thinking that it is hot, causing you to sweat a bit when you ingest spicy foods.  A less enjoyable side-effect of capsaicin is that it also causes a burning sensation with whatever it comes in contact with - including your skin.  For that reason, be sure to practice spicy food safety when preparing your next hot meal, and wear gloves when chopping hot peppers, and be sure not to rub your eyes, as the oils from the peppers also carry that spicy component, which can stay on your fingers and spread onto anything you touch.  The concentration of capsaicin is incredibly high in the seeds of hot peppers, which is why most recipes state to remove the seeds before cooking, though some people leave a few (or occasionally all) of the seeds in the recipes for an even bigger kick.  Safely enjoy your super spicy experience with one of these blazing recipes!

Homemade Sriracha Sauce
Feel the burn with this recipe, which you can use to cook chicken, pulled pork, or whatever else you can think of!


  • 1 lb red or orange Santa Fe peppers
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Directions: Wash the peppers and spread them out on paper towels to dry, being careful while handling the peppers – do not rub your eyes or touch any exposed cuts.  Cut off the tops of the peppers, then slice the peppers in half, removing the seeds and inside membranes.  Peel and mince the garlic cloves.  Pour vinegar, sugar, and salt into a glass jar and mix until dissolved.  Add the peppers and garlic, and refrigerate overnight.  The next day, strain the garlic and chilis from the vinegar, and pour the vinegar through the strainer into a large saucepan. Cook the vinegar on medium heat until it is reduced by about half.  Add the strained peppers and garlic to the reduced vinegar and continue cooking until the peppers and garlic are completely soft.  Transfer the mix to a food processor and blend well.  Enjoy the sauce, or start the canning process right away.

Spicy Shredded Beef
This slow cooker recipe is great for shredded beef tacos!


  • 2 lbs chuck roast
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 serrano pepper, diced small
  • 1 jalepeno pepper. diced small
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions: Take the roast and season it with salt and pepper, then set aside.  Mix chili powder, cumin, and paprika together and rub over both sides of the roast.  Put the roast in a crock pot with the onions, garlic, and peppers.  In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, lime juice, and beef broth, then pour over the beef.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.  When the meat is tender and can rip apart easily with a fork, you can then shred it completely with a fork and return it to the slow cooker, mixing the meat with the other juices.  Serve as tacos, or in a taco salad!

Jalapeno Popper Garlic Bread
If you like jalapeno poppers, you’ll love this cheesier, more filling garlic bread version.


  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a cooking sheet with parchment paper.  Cut the loaf lengthwise and turn both halves so they are facing up on the cooking sheet.  Brush both faces with melted butter, and shake some garlic powder over both slices.  Cover with foil and bake for 5 minutes.  Chop both jalapenos, and use one for the slices that will go on top of the bread and the other to get mixed in with the cheese.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix together one chopped jalapeno, cream cheese, sour cream, and a dash of salt and pepper.  Take the bread out of the oven and remove the foil.  Spread the jalapeno-cheese mixture over the bread, and top with cheese.  Arrange the slices from the other jalapeno on top of the cheese.  Put bread back in the oven and bake for 2-4 more minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.  Remove from oven, let it cool, and then slice and serve!

Jalapeno Margaritas
Not for the faint of heart, these margaritas pack a real punch!


  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 1/2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced and seeds removed
  • Tequila

Directions: First, put sliced jalapenos at the bottom of an 8 oz mason jar, and pour in the desired amount of tequila.  Let sit for 48 hours.  Mix with lime juice, lemon juice, triple sec, and agave syrup and serve over ice.