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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

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Mets' OF Milledge May Be Playing As A Showcase Lastings Milledge is back from the minor leagues after being sent down in the beginning of the season and rehabbing an injury. How long his stay ...

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Mets' OF Milledge May Be Playing As A Showcase

Lastings Milledge is back from the minor leagues after being sent down in the beginning of the season and rehabbing an injury. How long his stay in Flushing this time is a mystery. Right now, he is the Mets' everyday leftfielder after veteran Moises Alou and rookie Carlos Gomez were both placed on the disabled list.

The 41 year-old Alou has been out since May 17 with a strained right quadriceps muscle. On Monday, he made a rehab start in Florida and may be ready to return shortly. Gomez broke a bone in his left hand on July 5 and will miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery.

The fourth outfielder at the beginning of the season was Endy Chavez. But, he too, is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury with no timetable for his return. With all this bad luck, at least one player has benefited.

Milledge had a tough initiation into the major leagues a year ago and needed to be humbled. The 'bling' cross necklace, high-fiving the fans, having nightmares from The Green Monster and the 'Hey, rook...' note left on his locker, the youngster needed to just stay out of the limelight for a bit.

But that is exactly what he could not do when his hip-hop alter ego came to light. 'L. Millz' sang on a CD entitled "Bend Ya Knees," which included lyrics that were worse than Anna Benson's Mrs. Clause dress. And the image-conscious Mets do not usually let bad press clippings just fade away.

Since being recalled, Milledge has been a sparkplug and his bat and hustle on the basepaths cannot be overlooked. He has a long way to go to learn all the nuances of the game, such as throwing to the wrong base and allowing the trailing runner to advance. But he does have skills and merely needs to hone them with maturity.

The non-waiver trading deadline is July 31 and the Mets need improvements in many areas, even though they lead the NL East by 1 1/2 games as of this writing. Milledge may be expendable in order to acquire more pitching help or a veteran outfielder.

Mets' GM Omar Minaya commented to reporters, "It's always a big help when you play well. And when other teams can see, it's even better."

That can be taken many ways. Milledge may have been recalled out of necessity, but using him as often as the Mets have may be looked at as a way to showcase him. If that is accurate, then his hot bat may have his value back to where it was before he was recalled in 2006. But Minaya may be playing a mind game with his youthful outfielder to light a spark under him.

"If I can't get [playing time], then obviously I'm going to go back down," Milledge said to reporters. "It really depends on how we play Moises when he gets back, because Shawn Green is going to be in right and Moises is going to be in left. I don't think I'll be doing much coming off the bench."

As of Monday, Milledge has gone 4 for 15 with 1 home run and 5 RBI in four games. If the right deal comes along, Minaya might just be interested enough to ship the former number one draft choice out of town.