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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: - - -

Great Gifts Under $20 - Inexpensive DIY Gifts That Look Like a Million Bucks!

You don't have to skimp on holiday cheer to save money - just make some great gifts at home this holiday!

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Staying on a budget while shopping for the holidays can be tough, but you don't have to break the bank to get something great for everyone on your list! With the holidays right around the corner, there might be a lot of pressure to give friends and family lavish gifts to show that you care, but often, it's the smaller, more thoughtful gifts that are remembered years later. This year, when you're making your list, why not opt for some alternative

To help you stay on your budget, we've put together a few great DIY Craft ideas that are simple & fun to make, and are sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Perfect for Everyone

Bake Up Some Sweet Treats - $5 - 20
Who doesn't love a good Christmas cookie? If you're trying to save this Holiday Season, but you've got a lot of friends and coworkers you want to give gifts to, baking a big batch of your favorite Christmas Cookies, then putting them in a mason jar you've personally decorated is a great way to show you care without breaking the bank.

Hot Cocoa Ornaments - $2 - 5 per ornament
Looking for a sweet treat that will really wow? Pick up a pack of clear plastic food-safe fillable ornaments (available at craft stores), and fill them with the following: one packet of pre-mixed hot chocolate, enough chocolate chips or crushed candy canes to cover the hot chocolate later, then fill the remaining space with miniature marshmellows, and close. Once you've finished filling your ornaments, add a homemade gift tag, and bam! You've got an adorable holiday gift that's inexpensive, but looks like a million bucks!

Handmade Scarves & Mittens - $3 - 20, depending on yarn choice
When it comes to knitting or crocheting, are you a pro? Then put those skills to work this holiday season! To make your own scarf, it typically only takes 1 to 2 medium or large skeins of yarn, depending on the pattern, and if you plan ahead, you can get some high quality yarn for anywhere from $2 - $10 on sale!

For Friends & Family

Cook an Amazing Meal at Home $3 to $20, depending on meal choice
Show off your culinary skills this holiday season by cooking an amazing meal for your significant other right at home! The meal can cost as much or as little as you'd like - there are plenty of delicious dinner options that won't break the bank. Find out what his or her favorite dish is, and make it at home for a special date night that won't soon be forgotten! Bonus Idea: Make a Special Certificate to give to your giftee, good for one (or more!) Home Cooked Meal of their Choice!

Manicure in a Jar - $5 - 10
This gift is perfect for sisters, mothers and female friends if you're on a serious budget. Grab a mason jar, 1-3 inexpensive bottles of nail polish, a decorative emery board, and a travel size hand lotion (many major retailers have specialty lotions that will work perfectly on sale for the holidays), and top off with some Hershey's Kisses, or other individually wrapped candies. You can also add in other manicure supplies as well, which can be found at stores such as Target, Ulta, and CVS.

Mug or Tea Cup Decorated with Love - $3 - $5
This one is simple and fun. All you need is a plain white coffee mug or tea cup and some metallic colored sharpies (typically $1 or less at major retailers & craft stores). Once you've selected your mug, get going with your design - hearts, flowers, polka dots, and special phrases that will remind your friend of you each time they fill up their mug. Note: Only use Sharpies to decorate the OUTSIDE of the mug.

Handmade "Coupon" Books - $3 - $20
It's often said that actions speak louder than words, and if you want to show someone special you care, then making them a special "Coupon" Book filled with certificates for fun activities you can do together is a great gift! Coupons can range from a Date at a Museum, a Day at the Beach, a Home Cooked Meal, or even things like a Certificate Entitling Him or Her to do No Chores for a Week, Be King of the Remote, or other No Cost things that you can do to show you care. This is a great gift for kids to make as well, and you can customize the coupons to ANY giftee!

For the Kids

Hot Cocoa "Reindeer" Cones - $1 - 2
This one is an oldie, but a goodie. For the outside of the bag, you'll need is a clear plastic "piping" bag (in the shape of a triangle), a pair of googlie eyes, a small red pompom, one brown pipe cleaner, a rubber band, a bit of glue. For the filling, you'll need2 packs of hot cocoa mix, some crushed up candy canes, and a few small marshmellows to top it off. Start off by pouring your hot cocoa into your piping bag, followed by the crushed candy canes, then the marshmellows, and tie off securely at the top with your rubber band. Once your bag is tied off, glue the red pompom close to the tip of the bag, leaving about 1/2 inch from the bottom, and about an inch above that, glue on your googlie eyes.

To top it all off, roll your pipe cleaner around your finger to curl it, and then uncurl it slightly (leaving some of the curls), and wrap around the rubber band, to look like antlers. For an extra dose of fun, you can add a little note to the top!

DIY Pinecone Christmas Trees - $1 - 3
If your kids love crafts, then this is the perfect gift for them to make for their pals! Take an old coaster (or, for about $2, you can purchase a 4 pack of cork coasters from Michaels), and paint it white. set aside. Grab a few pinecones - these can be found outside (just make sure they're clean!) or picked up at a local craft store, and paint the tips of all of the cone green. Once the paint has dried, drizzle glue all over the pinecone, and then roll in green glitter. We recommend using a large plastic container to do this, to contain the glitter.

Once the glue & glitter has dried, you can add beads for ornaments (using old costume jewelry or leftover beads from older projects is a great way to reduce waste!), and once your ornaments have been secure, glue the base of the pinecone to your white coaster and bam! You've got an adorable Christmas Tree decoration to give this holiday.

Have a great DIY Gift Idea? Let Us Know in the Comments Below!

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