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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

Menorah Lighting Ceremonies Around Long Island

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The weather outside may be frightful but hopefully that doesn’t stop you from enjoy the outdoor holiday festivities. Many organizations on Long Island are holding public menorah lightings to begin the Hanukkah festivities.

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The weather outside may be frightful but hopefully that doesn’t stop you from enjoy the outdoor holiday festivities. Many organizations on Long Island are holding public menorah lightings to begin the Hanukkah festivities. For those unfamiliar with the Jewish tradition of celebrating Hanukkah allow me to explain. A menorah is a candelabrum with eight branches of equal size that sit in row, one for each night of Hanukkah.  A separate candle holder, called a Shamash, sits in the middle. The Shamash is used to light the other candles on the menorah since it is forbidden to use any of the eight candles for any purpose other than viewing. The significance of lighting of the menorah on Hanukkah lays in the tale of the Jewish Maccabee’s successful revolt against Syrian rule. The Maccabees found only enough oil to light the menorah for a day but it miraculously last for eight until more oil could be obtained. The following lists provides the names and address of some of the organizations hoping to celebrate this miracle with you and the Jewish community.

1.  Family Hanukkah Show at Mid Island Y JCC

45 Mantetto Hill Road, Plainview

Dec. 18 @ 3:30pm, with candle lighting and refreshments after a comedy show featuring David Engel

 

2.  Veteran’s Plaza at Kings Park Library

1 Church Street, Kings Park

Dec. 18 @ 4pm

 

3.  Menorah Lighting at Kennedy Plaza

Park Avenue, Long Beach

Dec. 20 @ 5:30pm

 

4.  Hanukkah Car Parade and Grand Menorah Lighting at Merrick Golf Course

2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick

Dec. 20 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm

 

5. Huntington Town Hall

100 Main Street, Huntington

Dec. 20 @ 6pm

 

6. Nightly Menorah Lightings in Cedarhurst Village

Dec. 20-27 @ 6pm, except Friday Dec. 23 @ 3pm and Sunday Dec. 25 @ 5pm

 

7.  Friendly Drugs Parking Lot

1036 Main Street, Holbrook

Dec. 20 @ 6pm

 

8.   Nightly Menorah Lightings at the intersection of Lake Avenue, Moriches Road at 25A in St. James (across from the St. James Fire Department)

Dec. 20-27 @ 5pm, except Friday, Dec. 23 @ 4pm

 

9.  Nightly Menorah Lightings at Nesconset Plaza

Dec. 20-27 @ 6pm, refreshments will be served.

 

10.  Family Hannukkah Bowling at AMF Commack Vet Lanes

2183 Jericho Turnpike, Commack

Dec. 23 @ 4-7pm, includes menorah lighting, dinner and activities

 

11.  Hanukkah Wonderland at Long Island Sports Complex

103 Mill Road, Freeport

Dec. 23 @ 4-5:30pm, open play for all ages plus grand coin menorah and lighting