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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

Scents of the Season: Ways to Fill Your Home with the Aromas of the Holidays

LongIsland.com

Here are some quick and easy ways to mix up spices and fruits to make a delightful simmering potpourri!

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Nothing welcomes guests into your home during the holiday season like warm, delicious scents.  You won't have to whip up a festive pie each day to achieve this heavenly smell - take the easy and inexpensive route and make a stovetop potpourri using fruits and spices of the season.  The key ingredients for great fall and winter smells are citrus fruits, like lemons and oranges, and cinnamon.  When using cinnamon sticks, be sure to break the sticks in half so that it breaks down faster and you can get the most scent out of the stick.  When cooking, most of these potpourri recipes are designed to simmer for 2-4 hours, so you will need to add more water if you want it to last longer. You can also give stovetop potpourri as a cute gift by putting all of the ingredients in a small bag and adding ribbon and a tag.  Also, if you want to make your home smell nice without having to worry about the stove being on, try one of the dry potpourri recipes at the bottom!

Thanksgiving Simmering Stovetop Holiday Potpourri
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 nutmeg, grated
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer.  Keep an eye on it while it simmers, and add more apple cider as needed. 

Christmas Potpourri
Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1-2 teaspoons cloves (whole or ground)
  • 1-2 teaspoons nutmeg

Directions: Pour water into a small saucepan, covering about 1 inch below the rim.  Add all of the ingredients, put on the stove, and simmer on low.

Williams Sonoma Signature Scent Potpourri
Ingredients:

  • 1-2 sliced lemons
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla.

Directions: Pour water into a small saucepan, covering about 1 inch below the rim.  Add all of the ingredients, put on the stove, and simmer on low.

Dry Christmas Potpourri
Ingredients:

  • Handful of dried orange slices
  • Handful of small pinecones
  • Handful of whole cinnamon sticks
  • Half-dozen star anise

Directions:  To dry orange slices, blot away extra juice with a paper towel, then put slices in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake for 3 hours at 280 degrees Fahrenheit, checking on them often to make sure they do not burn.  After it cools, mix all ingredients together in a decorative bowl or dish.

[Source: Whole Lifestyle Nutrition, One Good Thing, Homemade Gifts Made Easy]