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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

Get Creative With Your Cash Gift for Christmas with Origami Money and More!

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Give cash for Christmas, and get some "oohs" and "aahs"!

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For the friends and loved ones who are difficult to shop for – or if you need a last-minute gift – it is often easiest to just give money as a present.  It is good everyhere, it never expires, it doesn't need batteries, and even though everyone has it, everyone can always use more of it.  This year, don’t just give them money in a card – give them a more personal and memorable cash gift that shows that you put time and thought into a special little something that they can spend in any way they see fit.  Try to tailor the presentation of their cash gift to their interests and include a card with a heartfelt message, and you are good to go!

Origami Dollar Bill Shirt and Tie:  Here is a fun bit of origami if you are inclined to experiment.  Click here to read each step and see the pictures with the accompanying video.

Emergency Fund Frame: Give a tongue-in-cheek gift that is also functional by printing out a page that reads in large text “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, BREAK GLASS,” then mount it in a nice frame with a $50 bill, or whatever denomination you are looking to give.  It’s cute, and it also gives them a frame to use later on (as long as they don’t actually break the glass).

Christmas Tree Cash: Fold your bills into triangles, and stack on top of one another to form a Christmas tree (using tape if necessary).  Roll another bill to use as your tree trunk and tie a bow around it for a cute Christmassy gift.

A Box of Chocolates:  Buy a box of chocolates and remove the candies, but keep the little tins/liners that separate each treat.   Fold your bills to fit into each liner so that the denomination of the bill is facing upwards (either the number, or the president’s face).  Sprinkle some quarters or dollar coins in between to add a bit of sparkle!

Neverending Cash:  Take 20 $1 bills and tape them end to end, then roll them up and put them inside a small box, such as a tissue box.  Cut a slit in the box wide enough for the bills to slip through, and put the end of the roll of singles through the slit with a pull tab.  As the gift receiver pulls, they will keep pulling and pulling as a seemingly neverending strip of ones comes out!  Be sure to decorate the box with a holiday theme.

Money Ornament:  Take a clear ornament, remove the top, and fill it with rolled-up bills.  Then, replace the top and decorate the ornament using paint pens or Sharpies.

Money Balloons:  Similar to the money ornament, all you need is some rolled up bills and a large balloon.  Push the bills into the deflated balloon, then blow it up and tie off the end.  You can also add confetti inside for an extra sparkle when your gift receiver has to open it to get the money.