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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.

Patchogue: The Final Day Of My LI Beer Tour

The last day of my Long Island Brewery Adventure brought me to the epicenter of Long Island craft beer: Patchogue. I clearly saved the best for last.

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The last day of my Long Island Brewery Adventure brought me to the epicenter of Long Island craft beer: Patchogue. I clearly saved the best for last. This town is bustling with new and old establishments that are jumping on board the local beer band wagon in droves. It began fifteen years ago, when Blue Point Brewery settled down just off of Main Street. Now, Blue Point is easily one of the finest craft breweries in the country, with its flagship beer, Toasted Lager, available in dozens of states. Blue Point is an anchor for Long Island’s beer culture, and is well recognized as the brewery of note east of the New York City border. Patchogue, though, has followed suit, growing in lockstep with the brewery to accommodate the both the beer tourists and the locals who have suddenly grown a taste for the more adventurous craft brews offered by Blue Point and others.

First, let me talk about the brewery itself. Michelle, described on the website as the “tasting room cheerleader,” walked me through the facility. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and it was great to know that the brewery considers having someone like Michelle on board to meet with beer geeks like me.  Blue Point has a 30BBL brew system, similar to the one at Long Ireland, with a massive amount of fermentation capacity, including a 90BBL fermenter. There is also a 22oz. bottling line on the premises, as well as keg fillers and a fair amount of cold keg storage. The brewery in Patchogue primarily handles regional keg and bottle contracts. Blue Point also contracts out with Genesee Brewing Company in Rochester for the bulk of their bottling and canning. The brewery is looking to expand, and is seeking warehouse space somewhere on Long Island to move the 30BBL system out and bring the smaller 15BBL brick system back for smaller, more innovative batches. Michelle admitted that the creativity of the brewers has been hampered a bit by the lack of space for a pilot batch system and a growing demand for the brewery’s established beers. This seems to be offset, however, the Blue Point’s strong support of the island’s burgeoning smaller brewery movement, including hosting the upcoming Cask Ales Festival, which is bringing together all of the exciting  breweries from around Long Island to showcase their most interesting and adventurous beers. Blue Point Brewery has a bright future, a great line of beers, and if you’re a Long Islander, it’s essentially right in your backyard. Go visit!

Also worth mentioning is the Hoptron Brewtique, Patchogue’s newest craft beer mecca. What an absolutely fabulous idea. In the most basic sense, Hoptron is a coffee shop for beer people, but with a local twist. The majority of the taps are from Long Island breweries, giving even the smallest, self-distributing brewers equal space with established ones like Blue Point or Brooklyn Brewery. The owners have a large map of Long Island on the wall, with logos in the appropriate places representing all of the region’s breweries. There is also food provided with various locally-sourced ingredients. The crowd was diverse, the wood aesthetic was visually pleasing, and the beer selection was fantastic. There was even live music, and Battleship, which I am totally guilty of having played. This is an idea whose time has come. I expect to see shops like this spring up in beer towns all across the state.

Overall, I had a great time on the island, and learned a lot about the beer culture that has already been established and is growing exponentially. For my thoughts on the trip, stop in to my blog. Check back at In The Name Of Beer frequently for updates on my ongoing trip across New York. Thanks for reading, and remember to drink local. Cheers!

Greg Back is a brewer, blogger, and beer geek visiting from the Albany area. He is currently in the midst of a long journey across New York to introduce the Original Pale Ale, a beer made with locally-sourced ingredients by the Bly Hollow Brewery, as well as to meet people all across the Empire State who share his love of beer. Follow his progress in his Long Island Brewery Adventure right here on, and also visit his website,