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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.

A Holiday Meditation

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A Holiday Meditation Santa Claus floated his way down 34th Street on Thanksgiving Day, which has been the traditional kick-off to the holiday season, along with football games every Sunday and white lights blinking on ...

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A Holiday Meditation

Santa Claus floated his way down 34th Street on Thanksgiving Day, which has been the traditional kick-off to the holiday season, along with football games every Sunday and white lights blinking on our Long Island Main Streets, inviting shoppers to spend, spend and then spend some more! Coupons come in the mail everyday; stores are opened earlier and closed later; families have to decide who goes where and for how long and who cooks what. And then there is the question of how far off the budget and diet am I really going to go this holiday season...before the Jenney Craig and Weight Watchers commercials start on January 1.

It's the holidays, and no matter what your religious persuasion, you can't avoid the stress of it all. It's been often said that if you want something done, give it to a busy person. If you are that busy person, beware! The wish list can seem endless. And let's not forget the emotions associated with this time of year. Nostalgia. Remembering old friends and enjoying new ones. Missing loved ones who have passed on, and maintaining - and working at -- relationships with loved ones in our present company. It's easy to get run down and become susceptible to the flu...'tis the season, after all.

So, you may ask, why is a yoga teacher reminding us about this stress? Because, yoga is one of the best ways to prevent...yes, I said, prevent, this stress brought about by the holiday madness. Through yoga and meditation, we learn to center ourselves, to become one with our higher selves. It's a journey inward to the things that matter most to us. Yoga is a present to ourselves because it keeps us in the present, and it helps us journey to good health and happiness.

No matter how many stores you frequent looking for that perfect gift, you will never be able to find heath and happiness wrapped up in a golden box with a beautiful bow. If you could find that treasure, you would buy it for everyone you loved, including yourself. Well, you can have good health and happiness if you invest the time and effort in a yoga class and learn to meditate. Learn to keep your sense of perspective. Focus your mind. Take time away from the holiday traffic in the world, and travel inward to your own world. You may be surprised what you find there...a sense of peace and calm, and a sense of love. And, isn't that what the holidays are about?

If you are interested in taking a class, check out Cecille's ongoing meditation sessions. Call for more info!

Namaste. (If you're curious, this greeting basically means the divine in me recognizes the divine in you. Appropriate for all year long, but especially during this time of year, isn't it?)