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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

Easy No-Bake Delectable Holiday Desserts

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Delight your holiday guests with these delectable, easy to make, desserts!

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The holidays are almost here! Soon family members and friends will be flying in from all across the globe to celebrate together, break bread and exchange gifts. If you’re hosting the annual holiday gathering this year, and still don’t have your desserts planned out yet, don’t worry! Just check out these delectable holiday dessert recipes that are quick and simple to make! These adorable desserts are not only delicious, but guaranteed to have your holiday guests begging for more.

Marshmallow Reindeer Pop
Ingredients:

  • Marshmallows (normal size)
  • Red M&Ms
  • Small twisty pretzels
  • Chocolate candy melts
  • Candy eye balls
  • Lollipop sticks

Directions: Start by sticking your stick through the side of the marshmallow, so that the two flat sides face forward and backward, the flat side will be the reindeer’s face. Dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, stick an M&M on the front as the nose and two candy eyes on top of the marshmallow. Next lay the marshmallow down on top of two twisty pretzels, letting it dry (preferably on wax paper) so the pretzels stick out like antlers.

Strawberry Santa Hats
Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Whipped cream
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Vanilla candy coating

Directions: For this dessert it’s best to make them closer to when you’ll be serving them. Begin by melting the Vanilla candy coating. Now cut off the stem of your strawberry so that the strawberry is now flat bottomed. Set on a tray. Next dip a mini marshmallow into the CandiQuik mixture so that you can stick the mini marshmallow on top of the pointed end of the strawberry. After you stick the marshmallow on top, whipped cream to make a fluffy looking rim to your hat, just like Santa’s!

Chocolate Pudding Parfaits
Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Chocolate graham crackers
  • Whipped Cream
  • Hershey’s chocolate bar

Directions: Take out your little parfait glasses and add one spoonful of pudding. Next add a layer of crunched chocolate graham crackers. Add another scoop of chocolate pudding then add whipped cream on top. Lastly take out a grater to grate some chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream. Cover and let chill for at least an hour.

Peppermint Popcorn
Ingredients:

  • Bag of unpopped popcorn
  • Vanilla candy coating
  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Andes peppermint baking chips

Directions: Start by popping your popcorn and melting the vanilla candy coating. Take out a large bowl, pour your popcorn into the bowl along with vanilla candy coating and peppermint crunch chips. Stir together then add sprinkles and mix again. Spread your popcorn out on a piece of wax paper. Once cooled, break the popcorn apart into manageable sized balls.