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ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 130 miles north of New York City NY or about 160 miles northwest of Montauk Point NY - 42.7N 74.2W - Storm Intensity 65 mph - Movement North-northeast or 20 degrees at 40 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast this evening as the storm moves north of the area. While threats are beginning to diminish, strong winds will continue into this evening. In addition, minor coastal flooding, high surf, and dangerous rip currents will continue. Strong winds will continue across the area into early this evening before diminishing tonight. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters through tonight. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to continue along the ocean beaches through Wednesday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the area. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - 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. * SURGE: Potential impacts from the main surge event are possible this evening. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - 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.

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"Is it time to put out the bird feeder now that fall is here?" I'll be asked that question over and over again as the days shorten, get cooler, and winter approaches.
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"Is it time to put out the bird feeder now that fall is here?" I'll be asked that question over and over again as the days shorten, get cooler, and winter approaches.


The real answer is that the time to put out the feeder is every day you want to see birds! Most of the birds that eat in your backyard are not migratory, they are the seed eaters, and seed is available to them year round. Ironically, seed is an autumn crop, and is most abundant in the wild in the fall, when many people assume the birds feel the need.


The least amount of seed is available in Spring, when many folks assume the birds are ok on their own. There is some seed available in spring, but early summer is the longest time after last year's crop, so most of it has been eaten by then!


Birds eat most of their diet in the wild, using feeders as "fast food" or a supplement to what they need nutritionally. That's why they like the fatty seeds so much, like sunflower and peanuts. Putting out Black Oil Sunflower and Peanut pieces will make more than half the birds in your backyard happy. Making these available any time of year will just like opening a fast food restaurant, they'll come to it no matter the season.


The migrating birds, on the other hand, need nutrition and plenty of fat to bulk up and keep them moving south. Migration is very exciting, because almost any bird in the world might happen by our area, whether in your back yard or "hotspot" like Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in Queens. Just about every Audubon society on Long Island makes a birdwalk trip to Jamaica Bay in fall and spring, because of the possible diversity there. I lead most of the walks for Four Harbors Audubon, which covers the Stony Brook-Setauket-Port Jeff area, and when we go to Jamaica Bay, we rarely see less than fifty species!


That's one of the great things about wild birds, you can go to them, but you can also just put out the right food, and they'll come to you!