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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch 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, 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 910 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 980 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 28.5N 79.8W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North-northwest or 345 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the East-Central Florida coast will continue to move to the north-northwest, then turn due north late tonight. It will continue to move north on Monday along the Southeastern US Coast. Isaias will then weaken slowly as it accelerates and curves northeast over the Carolinas Tuesday morning, then over our area by Tuesday evening. Confidence is increasing with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system are locally heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches likely, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heavy rain is most likely to occur across western parts of the area from late Monday night through Tuesday night, and eastern sections Tuesday into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across coastal sections late in the day Tuesday into Tuesday evening. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are then expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern New Jersey, New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - Localized inundation of 1 to 2 feet with locally up to 3 feet possible 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. * TORNADOES: Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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.

The Best in Free Fall Events: Apples, Music, and Fishing Festivals

Free events can be found all over the island, ranging from music festivals to fishing events for the whole family!

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The autumn calendar is flooded with fall-themed festivals and events, as well as other special events with celebrities or cultural celebrations, but only some include free entry.  Bring the whole family down to some of these fabulous free events for a night of family fun that doesn't break the bank, such as the Music Festival in Port Jefferson, or the Family Fishing Festival in Hempstead.  Though the events are free, consider bringing extra money, as some of the fairs charge for rides and other games, as well as food.


Fall Family Carnival
Sid Jacobson SCC – 300 Forest Drive, East Hills
September 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join in on the carnival rides, games, and attractions at this free carnival.  There will also be a barbecue and tours of the SCC given. Rain date is September 28.

Wednesday Cruise Night Ronkonkoma
199 Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma
September 24, 5 p.m. until dark

Bring your classic car to this cruise night in Ronkonkoma and relax with like-minded car enthusiasts, or simply bring the family down to check out the cool cars and enjoy a slice of the past!

Bethenny Frankel Book Signing
Barnes and Noble – Carle Place: 91 Old County Road, Carle Place
September 25, 7 p.m.

Reality television personality Bethenny Frankel will be at the Carle Place Barnes and Noble signing copies of her new children’s book, Cookie Meets Peanut.

American Music Fest
Port Jefferson Village Center, Main Street Port Jefferson
September 26, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
September 27, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
September 28, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rock out to over 35 performers on 4 different stages who will be playing blue, rock, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, and funk.  There will be activities for children, as well as an antique car show.  Come see the best in venerable local performers and up and coming acts.


Apple Festival
Islip Grange Park: 10 Broadway Avenue, Sayville
October 4, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Town of Islip put together a free Apple Festival, featuring a carnival, craft fair, music, and of course, an apple-themed cooking contest.  For the little ones, there will be pony rides and plenty of carnival games.  In the event of rain, it will be held on October 5.

Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park: 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
October 10, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
October 11, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 12, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Long Island Fall Festival is expected to be a huge event, which will feature carnival rides, games for the kids, and lots and lots of food from various vendors.  Expect to be entertained by great live bands that will have you rocking all weekend.  Free parking is available at the Huntington Train Station, and you can purchase a $1 round-trip shuttle ticket.

Fall Family Fishing Festival
McDonald and South Ponds: Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead
October 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pack up the kids and fishing rods and head down to this free fishing event for the family in Hempstead, where two ponds will be stocked with over 1,000 trout.  There will also be free on-site parking.

Halloween Boat Burning
Long Island Maritime Museum: 86 West Avenue, West Sayville
October 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Each year, a boat that is deemed to be too unsafe for use is set ablaze on the water.  Check out this unusual tradition, and while you watch, enjoy raffles, snacks, hot apple cider, and some live music.

Halloween in the Plaza
Kennedy Plaza: 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach
October 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Put on your best Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating around the plaza in front of City Hall on West Park Avenue.  There will be a costume parade at 11 a.m., and ongoing live music, as well as a hula hoop contest.

Halloween Festival
Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor
October 31, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Halloween, join in on one of the biggest scarecrow events on Long Island.  You can submit a scarecrow for the scarecrow contest, and the public will vote on their favorites.  There will also be a costume parade, and of course trick-or-treating.


Baldwin Fall Festival
Baldwin LIRR Station
November 1-2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This rain or shine festival will focus on arts and crafts, as well as antiques and plenty of merchandise for the avid shopper.

Scandinavian Bazaar
201 Seventh Street, St. James
November 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sons of Norway Loyal Lodge is bringing back their annual bazaar to celebrate Scandinavian culture with a wide selection of handmade ornaments, bakery goods, and food items.  Don’t forget to try your luck at the authentic Scandinavian raffle.

Artisan Market at the Farmingdale Village Green
361 Main Street, Farmingdale
November 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At the Village Green, you’ll find artists and artisans for all of your needs.   You will certainly find something unique at this one-of-a-kind collection of builders and makers.