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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.

Oyster Bay Oyster Festival - Happy Autumn!

By Janis Seminara Even though the foliage hasn't really begun to burst into full color, autumn on Long Island is magical. This past Sunday, at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, leaves spun ...

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By Janis Seminara

Even though the foliage hasn't really begun to burst into full color, autumn on Long Island is magical. This past Sunday, at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, leaves spun off their trees in a swirling wind which beckoned the fall to switch gears. The sights and sounds of Autumn were present in the air delectable with scent of gourmet fare, throngs of happy people cuddled in sweatshirts and sweaters, now unencumbered by the oppressive heat and humidity of this past summer and celebrating the end of eight days of pelting rain. I have missed a few fall festivals due to the weather, but I was very happy to have ventured out to Oyster Bay for the 22nd Annual Oyster Festival.

Driving to the festival, I hit some traffic, but was happy to see signs that noted parking for the festival along the way. I pulled in a parking lot and discovered that school buses were chartering visitors to and from the festival. I was very impressed with how organized it all was, and noticed as I got closer to our destination that it would have been very difficult if not impossible to find a parking space, or even to drive close to the festival. The bus dropped us off and I noticed signs denoting pick-up stations for various parking lots which had accommodated festival guests.

When I saw the ships from a distance, I headed straight for the docks. The sight of the H.M.S. Bounty with its sails rolled up against a crisp bluish grey sky, banners waving in the wind and the sound of a cannon coming from the dock gave me a sort of Dj vu. Yes, I did say cannon, a small one, because at the boardwalk was a pirate encampment and a treasure hunt. For a small fee, my son and I boarded the H.M.S. Bounty - a haunted tall ship, and we were greeted by a pirate/skeleton. The ship's galley was dark and narrow as we weaved our way around some pretty scary scenes. Alas, when I saw the light of day, we bee-lined to the craft fair.

The craft fair was tented, which made it pleasant to linger over 100 crafters. Candles, jewelry, artwork, clothes, toys, all beautiful hand crafted items great for holiday giving. The whole scene reminded me of a mini Pike Street Market in Seattle, Washington, because of the water off in the distance, and the booths overlooking the docks. After some shopping we headed for the food court and passed a petting zoo along the way.

At the food court we found Oysters, husked roasted corn on cob, zeppolis, calamari, burgers, soups, gumbos, beverages, cotton candy, just to name a few. My son and I opted for a seafood wrap and a dish of freshly peeled and fried potato chips. At last we sat down to eat, and after just a taste of those golden delicious chips, a great gust of wind came and took the entire plate of chips away. I held onto my seafood wrap and decided to head back for the bus, which was easy to find, because of the signs that they had posted.

If you missed this great event and plan on going next year, you can easily spend the day. I missed the shucking contest, but next time I intend to go earlier and stay later.