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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

Save on Money Without Skimping on Fun: Activities for Late Fall and Winter

LongIsland.com

Put on your sweaters and boots and get out for some free and cheap fun!

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It may be too cold and rainy to enjoy much of the outdoors, but there are still ways to enjoy yourself without emptying your wallet. Of all of the free activities on Long Island, there are many to enjoy in the cooler weather.  For specific events, be sure to browse our Free Events Calendar, and make sure to check if events are only open to certain groups, such as town residents or those who currently hold library cards at that library in particular.  Bundle up and try your hand at one of these activities that certainly won't break the bank!

Make the Most of Your State Parks
Yes, it is chilly, but parking is free at most state parks after certain dates in November, or even as soon as Labor Day.  Hither Hills State Park has free parking as soon as Labor Day.  After November 16, parking is free at Robert Moses State Park, and after November 23, you can make as many trips as you would like to Sunken Meadow State Park.

Lend a Helping Hand
There are hundreds of volunteer groups across Long Island that can use your help, especially with the start of the holiday season.  Volunteer your time at a soup kitchen or at a swap shop that allows people with little money to get warm coats, hats, and gloves for free.

Christmas Tree Lightings
Christmas tree lightings always make for a great free family bonding time.  Get into the holiday spirit by seeing your town and neighbors get festive! Keep your eyes peeled for LongIsland.com's Christmas tree lighting guide!

Library Events
Your local library card is a passport not just to the numerous books and movies that they have on shelves, but it is also the key to get into fun library events for both kids and adults.  Check out your local library for after-school and weekend events for the kids, such as crafts, volunteer opportunities, movies, and game nights.  For adults, you can also see movies and even join in on educational sessions on varying topics with visiting local experts.

Get Cultured at an Art Gallery or Museum
Attend a free art gallery and enjoy light refreshments at a local library or not-for-profit, like the Matittuck-Laurel Library Art Gallery or the new art show at the Rosalie Dimon Art Gallery in Riverhead. You can also visit one of Long Island’s free museums (yes, free!) – the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor is free on weekdays and a mere $2 parking fee on weekends, and Stony Brook’s Museum of Natural Science, the American Guitar Museum in New Hyde Park, and the African American Museum and Center of Education and Applied Art in Hempstead are all totally free.

Support Local Artists at a Craft Fair
Vendors are turning out in record numbers this holiday season to sell their wares at craft fairs and jump onboard the DIY crafting scene that has made artsy and upcycled crafts some of the most popular gifts this year. You can also get crafty yourself by taking one of those free trips to the state park and collecting shells or beach glass to turn into something brand new!