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ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 130 miles north of New York City NY or about 160 miles northwest of Montauk Point NY - 42.7N 74.2W - Storm Intensity 65 mph - Movement North-northeast or 20 degrees at 40 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast this evening as the storm moves north of the area. While threats are beginning to diminish, strong winds will continue into this evening. In addition, minor coastal flooding, high surf, and dangerous rip currents will continue. Strong winds will continue across the area into early this evening before diminishing tonight. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters through tonight. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to continue along the ocean beaches through Wednesday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the area. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - 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. * SURGE: Potential impacts from the main surge event are possible this evening. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - 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.


Ireland is known to many as a place for fun, with its pubs, songs and dancing, and, of course, they're right. But Ireland can also be a place of tranquility and quiet beauty, and a ...

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Ireland is known to many as a place for fun, with its pubs, songs and dancing, and, of course, they're right.

But Ireland can also be a place of tranquility and quiet beauty, and a visit to Brigit's Garden, just outside of Galway City, will show the serenity that is also a part of the Irish experience.

Brigit's Garden is a perfect stop for those who are venturing out to explore the fabled hills of Connemara on Ireland's West Coast.

Located in the village of Roscahill, County Galway, about a 20-minute drive north of Galway City, the 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens are not only visually stunning, they also provide insight into the history and development of Ireland's Celtic heritage.

Designed by Mary Reynolds, winner of the gold medal at the 2002 Chelsea Flower Show in London, the gardens provide a journey through the four cycles of the ancient Celtic year.

The first is the Winter Garden, reflecting the Celtic feast of Samhain, which corresponds to our present-day Halloween. This was the beginning of the yearly cycle for the ancient Irish, a time of death but also the promise of rebirth.

A mound of earth in the shape of a sleeping woman wraps around a womb-like pool. It is a place of stillness, for reflection about new beginnings.

In the next cycle, the Imbolc, or Spring Garden, celebrates the stirrings of spring on St. Brigit's Day, which also corresponds to an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the season of new life.

The garden's pathway leads through a meadow and orchard to a children's garden with huge suspended baskets that you can swing in. A stone carving in the ground symbolizes both the Irish St. Brigit and a mythical Celtic goddess who similarly was the patroness of poetry, metal working and midwifery.

The Summer Garden celebrates the ancient fire festival of Bealtaine, which corresponds to May Day and the coming of warm weather.

This was the time of love, marriage and the adventures of youth. The garden of wildflowers tells the story of mythical lovers Diarmuid and Grainne, represented by a sculpture of flame figures. It leads through a stone columned walkway to an ancient Celtic throne on which visitors are invited to sit, master of all before them.

The Autumn Garden reflects the festival of Lughnasa in August, start of the cycle marking the harvest and the transition from summer to fall.

Two interlinked circles are surrounded by huge standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, providing spaces for dancing and leading to a table for the harvest feast. This garden has an abundance of vegetable plants, celebrating all that has come to fruition in the year.

Though the four gardens carry the main theme of the site, there are additional attractions that will interest visitors as well. These include a huge calendar sundial, carved on the ground, which tells with great accuracy the date as well as the time.

Visitors who have the time will also want to take the half-mile Nature Trail walk through the site's meadows and woodlands. You can see a ring fort that housed an ancient forge, a roundhouse meditation hut with a circular thatched roof and a children's discovery trail and play area.

You can also learn the symbolism of the ancient Gaelic alphabet, carved on the Ogham trees.

For more information, visit, or the West of Ireland web site, You can also reach Tourism Ireland at 1-800-223-6470.