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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

NEW YORK AUTHOR/ GOODFELLA PENNING HIS WAY

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By Nick Christophers Raised from the steamy streets of the Lower East side Sonny Girard managed to rise above the heat. He soon moved to Brooklyn with his family for a new begining. He discovered ...

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By Nick Christophers

Raised from the steamy streets of the Lower East side Sonny Girard managed to rise above the heat. He soon moved to Brooklyn with his family for a new begining. He discovered that the "streets" became more of his home. During his youth he came in contact with the so called "men of respect". " I was familiar with the people in my world early on. I was stealing and hanging out with them in bars before I was old enough to drive. It's all I knew," Sonny explains with a sly smirk. Even though he was not Italian he basically evolved into one. " I even married Italian. It's the only culture I know."

Sonny, soon learned that the " life" came with a price. While serving his time he descided to take up writing. At first he was going to use a ghost writer by the name of Morrow. But Morrow explained to Sonny that he can only write his own novel. Hence, after much effort Sonny finally proved to himself he can accomplish the impossible. Sonny went along to publish three novels. One that was just recently released called " Snake Eyes". All three novels take on a simialr mob theme yet are unique in there own way.

In his first novel, " Blood of Our Fathers" the story takes us into the life and times of Michael " Mickey Boy" Messina. After reading the novel it almost seems autobiographical. " Mickey Boy has some of me in it. There are some incidents, things he does, modeled after things I did. A lot of his anger over the loss of honor, he finds when he leaves prison came from my own anger. Some of the moves I saw made me sick. That came out in my writing."

The sucess of his first two novels which are intertwined have elevated Sonny's opportunities. Presently, he came on board of a new kind of publication called Mob Candy. The entertainment magazine which is headed by actor/ editor Frank DiMatteo, centers around mob culture along with music, cars and the arts. Sonny, was enlisted as one their prime writers. His background speaks for itself. The magazine is due for a July 2007 release.

Sonny's knowledge of the " life" has offered him other avenues as well. He was a consultant to the mob-comedy " Mickey Blue Eyes". " The writer was sent to me by the producers because he didn't know too much about Italian culture or the mob. I took him to Joe's Focacceria in Brooklyn. I even brought Liz Hurley to a couple of joints, even a private social club in Little Italy and Rao's restaurant in Harlem."

Sonny is presently looking towards Hollywood on some future projects. " Hollywood is worse than any mob could be. At least in the streets, if you're smart you know exactly what you're dealing with. In Hollywood it's gaseous in more ways than one."

When it came to the " Sopranos" Sonny had a less than pleasurable response. " I loved the first season but I watched it lose steam. The cast was fanatastic but the writing lost its flavor. As far as reality it had it's moments, but it never really portrayed the subtleties of the " life".

Sonny, unlike some of the people he grew up with rose above the steamy streets and made a name for himself. From comlpeting three novels to a movie consluntant there is only more suprises to expect from Sonny Girard.