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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 240 miles south of New York City NY or about 300 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 37.4N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 50 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 10 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay, located just east of the southern Delmarva Peninsula, will move northward along the coast towards the area today, making landfall near the New York City area tonight. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions today into tonight. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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. * WIND: Protect against 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. * TORNADOES: Protect against 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. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents are likely for all people entering the surf zone. Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Localized minor flooding, inundation of 1 ft or less, along vulnerable coastal and shoreline locales of the Great South Bay of Long Island and Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ Harbor, Coastal CT, Coastal Westchester, and Gardiners Bay during times of high tide this afternoon into tonight.

Halloween, Staying safe, and sane...

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Halloween brings man things to mind... friends, fun, costumes, and of course, trick or treating. More recently, however, Halloween has become an opportunity to break the rules and test the boundaries of acceptable behavior. The ...

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Halloween brings man things to mind... friends, fun, costumes, and of course, trick or treating. More recently, however, Halloween has become an opportunity to break the rules and test the boundaries of acceptable behavior.

The tragedy that took a child's life while he was selling candy door to door in New Jersey, and the scattered abduction scares children experience, it is understandable that parents feel the need to exercise additional precautions during the Halloween season.

Parents of young children generally have a good sense of their children's age appropriate needs during Halloween. They correctly accompany young children door to door, limit their activities to the immediate neighborhood, have children trick or treat while it's still light out, carry flashlights at dusk, walk in groups accompanied by parents, and take advantage of the community and school Halloween parties that are now available as an alternative to trick or treating.

The question remains how to communicate to older children that they need to exercise safety precautions as well. Older children and adolescents are in some ways at greater risk because developmentally they believe they can make these decisions on their own, feeling independent and invincible. Parents of older children appropriately worry about being overprotective, and as such, have a hard time holding to their convictions about setting limits. In turn, older children and adolescents can also misinterpret protectiveness as a lack of trust. Finding a balance between encouraging independence, and setting appropriate limits to insure children's safety is a dilemma facing every parent. This is exacerbated during Halloween. It is imperative that parents trust their instincts. After all, they know their children better than anyone, and know what is best for them. It is also a good idea for parents to come together to discuss the issues that worry them in order to form a united front. Here are some suggestions for dealing with Halloween related issues.

Begin the discussion with your children regarding permissible behavior several days before Halloween. It is likely that more than one conversation will be necessary. Parents must set guidelines for a safe night. For example, is shaving cream, toilet paper, eggs, etc. allowed? Parents need to know who their children are going out with and how many other children will be in the group. Encourage your children to telephone if something changes, or if they are uncertain how to handle a situation. Parents are wise to cover limitations, expected curfews and issues regarding cars, alcohol and drugs. In short, educate and encourage your children to make the right decisions and know how to handle any situation that may occur. You must convince your children that just because it is Halloween, it does not mean there is a need to take more risks. In fact, parents may try to explain that on Halloween it may be necessary to take fewer risks.

Remember, it is the nature of children and adolescents to push the limits. You, the parent, must stick to your guns, letting them know how you feel, and teaching them how to take the necessary precautions. By doing so, you and your children will have a Happy Halloween.

Laurie Segal is a parent and certified social worker who specializes in Early Childhood Development and family Crisis Intervention. She is also the Director of F.A.C.E. I.T., a psychological wellness program for families, located in New Hyde Park, New York. Laurie lectures extensively on issues related to child and adolescent development and conducts seminars for parents on a variety of child rearing difficulties. She is currently in the process of having her book published, "How to Raise Healthy, Fully Empowered Children."