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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.

Wonderfully Simple Winter Craft for Kids

Check out these quick and easy Winter-themed crafts, great for keeping the kids busy on a Winter day!

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We are officially in the month of December which means Winter is just around the corner! While the Wintertime definitely has its cons, like colder temperatures, icy streets, and snow filled driveways, the Wintertime also have many pros! Since the Winter does have such extreme weather conditions, those conditions create a great time and opportunity to spend some time inside with the kids, bonding and doing things together. One great thing to do as a family from the warmth and comfort of home in the Winter is Winter-themed crafts!

Check out these quick and easy Winter crafts great for keeping the kids busy on a Winter day.

Sparkly Snowflake
For this craft you’ll need empty toilet paper rolls, scissors, glue, white paint, white glitter, and clothespins. Each empty toilet paper roll makes about one star so if you’re doing this project with multiple children make sure you have enough empty toilet paper rolls and clothespins. Start by cutting your toilet paper roll in ¾ wide rings. Once you’ve cut 5 rings glue them together at the tips of the rings, forming a snowflake shape. Next, secure with a clothespin while the glue dries. After the glue has dried paint your snowflake white and add some glitter while the paint is still wet. You can also add a string if you’d like to make your glittery snowflake into an ornament!

Hand Held Jingle Bells
For this craft you’ll need multi-colored pipe cleaners, perhaps in colors of red & green, and small jingle bells. Begin by folding one pipe cleaner in half and threading one side through the hook on the top section of the bell. Thread through until your bell is now in the folded middle of the pipe cleaner. Twist the two parts of the pipe cleaner together and voila, you now have a merry hand held instrument!

Hanging Plate Wreath
For this craft project you’ll need a paper plate, 1-hole punch, ribbon, green paint and whatever you’d like to use to decorate your wreath! You can use gift bows, sparkles, stickers, pom poms, really anything that isn’t too heavy, to decorate your wreath. It’s a good idea to walk around a local craft store to look for seasonal, wintery ideas for embellishments you can use. Start by flattening your paper plate and cutting out the middle section. Paint the plate green and let dry. Once dry use your one hole punch to make a hole in the top of the plate to lace the ribbon through so you can hang your wreath up later on. Now let your creative side go wild and decorate your wreath to your heart’s content!

Clay Pot Snowman
For this craft you’ll need two clay pots, white paint, black paint, glue, red ribbon, orange paint, and googly eyes. Be aware that one clay pot must be smaller than the other clay pot so that it can be used as the snowman’s hat. Before purchasing your clay pots make sure you can place the smaller clay pot upside down on top of the bigger clay pot and that it fits. Start by painting the small clay pot black and the big one white. Once dry, glue red ribbon right under where the lip of the clay pot is. Turn your white clay pot upside down and place the small black clay pot upside down on top to act as the hat. Then glue on the eyes, make a smile with black paint, and add a nose with the orange paint.

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