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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: - - -

Where to Rent a Boat on Long Island

One of the best ways to see Long Island is from the water. Here are some of Long Island's best boat rental places. Rent a boat for fishing, wakeboarding, exploring and more.

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Renting a boat is perfect for new boaters who want to experience the joy of being on the water and boat enthusiasts who aren’t ready to make the commitment to boat ownership. Here are places where you can rent a boat whether you want to catch the big one, go wakeboarding or simply enjoy the pleasures of cruising Long Island’s beautiful waters.

Photo courtsey Long Island Boat Rentals

Long Island Boat Rentals, Port Washington

Long Island Boat Rentals makes exploring Long Island’s Gold Coast by boat affordable and convenient. It offers a variety of power boat rentals with up to a 10 person capacity. Take an excursion up to the Throggs Neck Bridge, Huntington Bay and Norwalk Harbor while getting close up views of mansions and other historic buildings. Are you a new boater? You can receive training or hire a captain to pilot your rental. 

Photo courtsey Peconic Water Sports

Peconic Water Sports, Sag Harbor, Southold & Montauk

Peconic Water Sports has three convenient locations on the North and South Forks. Have the perfect summer day fishing in Montauk, sunbathing on Shelter Island or discovering Sag Harbor. Peconic Water Sports offers half day, full day or multi-day boat rentals and has a fleet of boats ranging in size from 21 to 23 feet. All safety equipment and GPS navigation are included.

Photo courtesy Lighthouse Boat Rentals

Lighthouse Boat Rentals, Aquebogue

At Lighthouse Boat Rentals based at Lighthouse Marina in Aquebogue, you can rent a pontoon boat and enjoy easy access to many areas of the East End including Peconic Bay, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island and Greenport. Whether you want to go wakeboarding or tubing or take a relaxing cruise on the water, Lighthouse Boat Rentals offers clean and reliable family boats.

The Dinghy Shop, Amityville

Rent a sailboat at The Dinghy Shop. Located on the Great South Bay, it offers two-hour rentals of Sunfish sailboats that accommodate 1 -2 people.

Strong’s Marine, Mattituck and Southampton  

Strong's Marine has three marinas on the North Folk and the Hamptons and offers boat rentals at its Southampton and Mattituck locations. It rents new-model Cobalt and Pursuit boats from 18’-24’ with tubes and skis available. New boaters can also choose an on-water lesson package.

Silly Lily Fishing Station, East Moriches

Silly Lily Fishing Station has been around since 1932. It offers rentals of 16 ft rental dories with or without a motor. Oars, flotation cushions, life jackets and gas are included. Its website says that motorized dories are "the best way to get to the beaches or to fish with ease." If you prefer to use windpower, sailboats are also available and come equipped with life jackets, cushions and an area map.