Weather Alert  

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

Designing Your Own One-of-a-Kind Scarecrow

LongIsland.com

Making a scarecrow is far more fun than buying one, and you can even style it exactly the way you want it!

Print Email

Though scarecrows were originally made to scare birds away from desirable crops, today’s scarecrows are a sign of autumn and are often see as lawn decorations.  People have been stepping away from the traditional flannel-wearing scarecrow and have made the symbol their own by making uniquely dressed people-like scarecrows in the image of athletes, celebrities, and family members.  Some areas even make scarecrows an integral part of Halloween festivities, such as the annually-appearing personalized scarecrows outside of most businesses in Port Jefferson during the month of October, or the themed scarecrow exhibits across the grounds of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.  Here are some tips for making your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow that will make your lawn the talk of the town:

The Body:
For the body of your scarecrow, try using leaf bags or garbage bags stuffed with leaves, straw, packing peanuts, or some other packing material or soft material that you have in large quantities.  To make your scarecrow stand or sit upright, put a t-shaped beam (using PVC pipe or sticks, if available) in the bag, or tie the bag to the beam, with the cross section for the scarecrow’s shoulders. Be sure to fill out the arms evenly, and to fill the chest and stomach, as well as the legs so that it is full and plump. 

The Head:
While the head can also be made using a bag of leaves, packing peanuts, or a similar packing material, you can also get creative and use a real or plastic pumpkin and paint a face on it to use as your scarecrow’s head.  Your scarecrow’s head can even be made using old sports equipment, such as a soccer ball, basketball, or dodgeball.  To help it look more realistic, add a hat and make it your own!  Maybe you will have a baseball player scarecrow with an old baseball cap on, or a gardener scarecrow with a floppy hat. Feel free to get creative and improvise with old items from around the house, such as using a broom, mop, or rake as a spine/head, and add some eyes and color the ends as spikey hair!  If you really want to think outside the box, turn your scare crow into your favorite animal, and give it a cute cat or dog face with ears and whiskers!

The Outfit:
Here is where you can really carry out a Halloween theme: What will your scarecrow wear?  You can have a more traditional scarecrow in a flannel shirt and jeans, or make a scarecrow version of yourself or the kids in their old clothes.  Dig through any old t-shirts, or go to a thrift store if you want to get a special outfit to make your scarecrow uniquely you. You can also give your scarecrow gloves if you want it to have a more humanlike body and appearance.  Think style as well – is your scarecrow from a certain era?  Do you have any clothes that are no longer in style, but could make an interesting scarecrow theme?  Let your personality – and your childrens’ personalities – shine through these final touches!