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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: - - -

Top Car Trip Games to Keep Kids Busy While Driving to the East End

While driving out East, keep your kids busy and peaceful by introducing them to various car games and other distractors.

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The East End of Long Island is a treasure trove of many of the best fall festivities, such as pumpkin picking, apple picking, and corn mazes.  Unfortunately, a ride out east can be more than a quick drive away for most people, and it often means making the trek with a carful of kids.  This autumn, buckle your kids in with some great games and distractors in mind to keep them busy and prevent any arguments or fights along the way.  Many of these games are not just time wasters, but they are also educational and help kids polish up their memory skills, their observational skills, and their questioning skills.  Try one of these games on your next road trip and let us know how it goes!

Road Trip Spelling Bee:  Brush up your kids’ spelling skills and help them study their sight words or vocabulary lists by holding a mini spelling bee in the car.  Keep track of points, or have another adult or older sibling be the score keeper. 

I Spy:  This car trip classic is easy for all ages, and requires a discerning eye.  Have your child pick something they see and offer a clue as to what it is by saying, “I spy with my little eye…” and adding a descriptor, such as something that is a certain color or starts with a certain letter.  Make sure they choose something in the car in everyone’s line of vision and not something you will drive by in seconds and forget about.

Spot the Car:  Teach your kids about different makes and models of vehicles with this game, which will challenge them to be observant of the different cars around them.  Give your kids either a category of car to search for, or a specific kind of car, and the first person who spots it gets a point.  You can also do this with colors of cars, such as the first person to spot a red car or a yellow car earns the point.

Twenty Questions:  This tried-and-true game is a great way to while away time spent on the road.  Have your kid think of one thing in particular, such as an animal, a food, a person, or a place.  Then, ask up to twenty yes or no questions to figure out what it is. Teach your kids to work from broader questions down to more specific questions so that they learn how to categorize in the broadest sense, as well as in the most narrow sense.

Make Up a Story:  Tell a story as a family where each person adds a line.  One person can start the story with one sentence, and each family member gets a turn to add to the story, building and building for as long as you can go.  This will give both you and your kids a creative boost, and will also likely provide lots of laughs for the trip.

Take Out New Books From the Library:  Though this is not a game, you can help your kids by adding to the allure of reading by getting all-new books from the library that your kids can peruse and enjoy on the car ride.  Take a look at our book picks here to keep your kids up to date on the trendy book series, such as Mo Willems’ Pigeon books and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Teach Map Skills:  Show your kids what life was like before GPS and let them look at maps of the area, or maps of the state.  You can then give them the challenges of locating different towns or geographical features, and even award small prizes for each correct answer.