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TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT * 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 1-3 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

Common App Prepares To Launch College Application Season

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The Common App launches August 1. Are you ready to apply to college? College Connection is here for the "Ready, Set and Go!" www.CollegeConnect.info 516-345-8766

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Will YOU be ready to apply to college?

The Common App Online (www.CommonApp.org), the application most utilized by colleges and universities across the nation, will re-launch for the 2011-12 admissions season on August 1, 2011.

How prepared are you to select the colleges to which you will apply, complete that picture perfect application, supplements and all, ace your personal statement and supplemental essays, and put your best foot forward in this increasingly complex and competitive era of college admissions?

First step, preview the 2011-12 version of the Common App at CommonApp.org. Note the highlighted changes and revisions. Check out the various sections and begin to compile the information you will need to "fill in the blanks." Gather test scores, transcripts, activity sheets, and other records so you will have them at hand when needed. Compile names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for guidance counselors and teacher evaluators. And, of course, review -- and begin to give serious thought to -- the personal statement/essay options.

Seem daunting? Oh, this is only the beginning!

On the one hand, it can be nightmarish. So much to do. So little time. Where do I begin? Where will this all end?

On the other hand (which, by the way, is the hand we'd like you to use here :-), when you are organized, focused, and know exactly what you're looking for and where to find it, what to do and how to do it, the entire college application and admissions process (not to mention -- though we will -- the search for scholarships and financial aid) will not only be a breeze, it can be downright fun!

Which, of course, brings you to the next and, in our opinion, most critical step. Consult with your college coach, that independent college planning counselor who not only knows the ropes, but can show you the best way to climb them. [Ahem. Not to toot our own horn, but... have you looked into College Connection? Find us at www.CollegeConnect.info]

From selecting and narrowing down that list of colleges that are "best" for you, to developing essays that truly convey who you are and what you can bring to the college campus, creating a matrix that is, yes, much more than your high school resume (which, by the way, is a must addition to your application these days), a college planning counselor -- or should we say, the right college planning counselor -- can make the college application and admissions process an enjoyable experience with a favorable outcome rather than a stressful, tedious, "cant wait until it's over" chore with disappointing results.

More than this, having the expert guidance and support of a professional college planning counselor along that long and winding road to college, could well be the difference between the thrill of acceptance and the agony of, well, you know.

Okay. So you've got your work cut out for you. The Common App awaits, as does, with proper planning and execution, acceptance to the college of your choice.

Ready. [Glance at that college planning calendar.] Set. [Read over that "To Do" list.] GO!

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