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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: 30-40 mph with gusts to 50 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Friday afternoon until Friday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 39 to 57 mph - PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for limited wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - 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. * STORM SURGE - No storm surge inundation forecast - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Little to no storm surge flooding - PLAN: There is little to no threat of storm surge flooding. Rough surf, coastal erosion, and life-threatening rip currents are possible. - PREPARE: Little to no preparations for storm surge flooding are needed. - ACT: Follow the instructions of local officials. Monitor forecasts. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None - Little to no potential impacts from storm surge flooding. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect - Peak Rainfall Amounts: 2-4 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 - 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 - 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

Tips on Creating a Stress-Free Wedding

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BY MICHELLE O'CONNOR, Balboa Park Weddings You might have been dreaming about your wedding ever since you were a flower girl. Therefore, you want your

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BY MICHELLE O'CONNOR,

Balboa Park Weddings

You might have been dreaming about your wedding ever since you were a flower girl. Therefore, you want your ceremony to represent a picture-perfect moment. Chances are, you also want your wedding to be as stress-free as possible. Here are some tips to ensuring that holy matrimony doesn't evolve into a holy mess:

Believe in Advanced Planning

Proper planning is absolutely crucial to keeping your wedding--and your budget--under control. Be sure to book your reception hall and photographers early. Otherwise, you may be left with substandard options, which could increase your stress on the Big Day. Taking advantage of a wedding organizer can keep stress levels minimal.

Rehearse Your Wedding Vows

Have you ever seen the video of Princess Diana marrying Prince Charles? Things got off to a rather shaky start when Diana forgot Charles' full name. No matter how simple your vows may be, it's best if you practice them regularly before the wedding ceremony. That way, there's less of a chance that you will forget your lines at that all-important moment.

Entrust Your Wedding Bands to Someone You Trust

There is a danger your wedding rings will become lost on the day of your wedding. Therefore, it is important that you have an organized, responsible person safeguard the rings for the wedding. (This may or may not be the best man.)

Assign Someone to be Your Wedding Coordinator

Even if you can't afford a wedding planner, it's a good idea to assign someone to be your official wedding coordinator for the day. This individual will make sure that the flowers are on the table for the reception and that the pastor arrives for the wedding ceremony. These are the types of details you don't want to have to bother with on your wedding day, so it's important to have someone you have faith in to handle these challenges for you.

Don't Rest Until You Find the Right Dress

There is nothing more uncomfortable for a bride than an ill-fitting wedding dress. As a result, it's important that you choose a gown tailor-made for your figure. It may take some time to find the right dress--but you'll find that it's well worth the effort--and it can really decrease your stress level in the long run.