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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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Heilman and Company's Struggles Illuminate Omar's Quiet July If the Mets finish out of the money again this season, the finger can be pointed at their bullpen, or lack thereof. But it also can be ...

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Heilman and Company's Struggles Illuminate Omar's Quiet July

If the Mets finish out of the money again this season, the finger can be pointed at their bullpen, or lack thereof. But it also can be looking past the players and directed at the general manager. Omar Minaya decided to let the trading deadline pass without even a minor move being made.

The weakness has been magnified since closer Billy Wagner went on the disabled list, but their middle relief has been a problem all year. An eighth-inning, set-up man search has run the gamut, and it should never have gone that far. Aaron Heilman, who held that role since Duaner Sanchez was out for part of 2006 and all of 2007, imploded this summer and currently has a 2-7 record with a 5.74 ERA, atrocious for any pitcher, let alone one who has taken on a big responsibility in today's specialized game.

It began to unravel early for Heilman, who gave up two runs in three straight outings from April 8 through 11. This month, he had three consecutive productive (zero runs) appearances, but they were sandwiched by ugly numbers of four, one, three and three runs given up, all in two innings or less.

After his last outing on Monday, in which he blew a save on a rainout makeup matinee versus the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, his manager refused to put gasoline on the fire. "I think Heilman's fine," Jerry Manuel said to reporters. "He's throwing the ball great, velocity-wise." One would think that Manuel is not watching the same game that everyone else is.

In five blown saves (out of seven chances), Heilman has surrendered nine runs. Heilman has shown enough inconsistency to not earn the trust of his manager as a fill-in closer or set-up man, something not totally sold on Manuel.

"I think a lot of times, when you lose your closer - and you hope that other people step up or step into that - but the danger that is taking them out of what they're comfortable with...that's always a problem or an issue," the manager said. "But in our situation, someone had to get the opportunity."

Getting an opportunity and doing something with it are two totally different animals. No one has taken the reigns for Wagner, making Manuel contemplate putting a starter in there for the late innings. Rookie Eddie Kunz has even been considered as the closer, but lefthander Pedro Feliciano was able to make a one-run lead stand on Tuesday night in Washington as he warmed up.

The market may not have been flooded with middle men, but Minaya owed it to his interim manager to bring in some type of serviceable arm before July 31. The surprising Florida Marlins, who went into Wednesday trailing both the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies by one and a half games for the top sot in the National League East, picked up veteran lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes from the Seattle Mariners. LaTroy Hawkins went from the Yankees to the Houston Astros. Both trades involved a minor leaguer going the other way. Now, Rhodes and Hawkins are not exactly shut-down relievers, but their experience could have been helpful, and both have filled in as closers at some point in their careers.

A minor deal could have had major implications, and if the Mets are on the outside looking in come playoff time, make sure that you point two fingers at the guilty parties.