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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * 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 770 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 850 miles southwest of Montauk Point NY - 30.7N 80.1W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 13 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, southern Westchester and southern Connecticut, and the New York City and New Jersey Metro areas. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeast New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential 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: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area 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. * TORNADOES: Prepare for 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.

Getting Kids Ready for Camp This Summer

Now that it is officially summer, it is time to get the kids ready for camp! Check out our tips to preparing your kids for camp.

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Camp is a big part of of many kids summers. Luckily, in addition to having many great camps on the island, there are different camps that kids go to over the summer and different ways to prepare for each camp your kids are going to. 

The types of camps that kids can go to can be simply day camp where they come home everyday and sleep away camps where they go away for a few weeks. Both camps have their positives and negatives, ultimately, it is up to your schedule and your kid's comfort level which camp they decide to go to.

Either way, day or sleep away, there are many ways to prepare kids for camp to ensure they have a safe and fun time. So check out out tips to preparing your kids for camp:

  • Sunscreen: Kids are going to be out in the sun and need plenty of sunscreen. For sleep away, be sure to have your child pack multiple bottles to last.
  • Sunglasses: Eyes are just as important as skin and need to be properly protected.
  • Water/Sports Drinks: Hydration is very important with all the activities kids will have, so make sure they have plenty of water bottles and/or sports drinks with electrolytes. Avoid too many sugary drinks since those drinks do not hydrate.
  • Medication/Allergies: Make sure you let the camps know about any medication or allergies your child may have. Do not keep these secret or private from the camps. Although your child maybe responsible and take care of their medication themselves, this is advice meant to help in the unlikely event of an emergency.
  • Label All Belongings: Clothing, electronics, bags, and everything you bring to camp need to be labeled. There are a lot of children that go to camp with similar items, so, to avoid lost or stolen items, writing your child's name and maybe phone/bunk/address on it will ensure you will return home with everything.
  • Leave Expensive Items at Home: Electronics are generally not allowed at many camps and having them might make them a victim to theft or losing the items. At sleep away camps, electronic use and cellphone use is prohibited as to have children focus on their activities rather than their devices. Expensive jewelry and clothes should be left home as well.
  • Camp Clothes: Kids are going to be active. Clothes should be made of a breathable fabric and not too clingy. Additionally, expensive clothes are unnecessary and should be left home to ensure the clothes go not get ruined.
  • Stationary: Particularly at sleep away camp, kids will not be on the phone with their parents, but letter are allowed. Be sure to give kids plenty of stationary and stamps so they can write letter to you and other members of their family.
  • Pictures: Your kids are going to miss you if they are going away, so pack a few pictures of the family to help them deal with the transition of being away from home.
  • Money: For both day and sleep away camps, ensure that your child has money for trips. Do not give them too much and avoid giving them credit/debit cards unless they can be adjusted and loaded by you. If those cards go missing or get stolen, you want to ensure, particularly if a travel camp, there is only a small amount of money available a theft can get their hands on.

How do you and your kids prepare for camp? Your child going to the Long Island camp? Tell us in the comments below!