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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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Yanks Look to Pull Away from Wild Card Contenders in Final Stretch It hasn't been an easy ride for the New York Yankees. Since April, the questions have come and still some of them have ...

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Yanks Look to Pull Away from Wild Card Contenders in Final Stretch

It hasn't been an easy ride for the New York Yankees. Since April, the questions have come and still some of them have not been answered. An old and fragile starting rotation, a thin bullpen and lack of production out of first base have been just a few of them. But with only 22 games to go in the regular season, the Bronx Bombers are leading the wild card race by three games and trail the Boston Red Sox for the top spot in the American League East by only six. Not too shabby when you look at where they were earlier this summer.

The team right behind the Yankees for the final playoff berth is the Seattle Mariners, who just left New York after dropping two out of three. More importantly, the M's have lost 11 out of their last 12 games to lose the lead and find themselves fading fast.

On Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, Alex Rodriguez blasted two home runs to lead the way in a 10-2 rout. Earlier in the day, the Yanks' third baseman had an MRI on his right ankle and was not expected to start. Rodriguez injured it in the previous game sliding and probably would have sat to rest the sprain if it weren't for the pennant race.

"There's not much time left," Rodriguez said to reporters. "If this was April or May 1, I definitely would have taken the day."

The two long balls gave Rodriguez 512 for his career, tying him with Eddie Matthews and Mel Ott for 17th all-time. Coming to bat in the bottom of the seventh staring at a 2-1 deficit, A-Rod took Jarrod Washburn deep for his 47th of the year to tie the game. The Yankees went on to score six more in the frame to take the lead and blow the game open.

The Yankees now head to Kansas City for a weekend set with the 62-77 Royals. Seattle goes to Detroit, who is 3 1/2 games back in the wild card race. In essence, these two clubs could damage one another while the Yankees have a chance to pull further ahead by sweeping a very beatable opponent.

Although their starting pitching has been a little suspect of late, the Yankees have enough firepower to survive in a shoot-out. They have five regulars hitting over .300: Rodriguez (.312); Derek Jeter (.320); Jorge Posada (.337) and Robinson Cano (.301). The entire lineup is capable of hitting the ball out, and now that Jason Giambi seems to be healthy, he adds tremendous power to a club that had plenty to begin with.

So, throughout a bumpy ride that people calling for manager Joe Torre's head and to 'back up the truck' and trade all the veterans, look who's sitting in the driver's seat now?