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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM EDT SATURDAY * WHAT...For the Coastal Flood Advisory Saturday morning, up to one and a half foot of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...In Connecticut, Southern Fairfield County. In New York, Southern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk and Northern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...For the Coastal Flood Advisory, from 7 AM to 10 AM EDT Saturday. Localized minor coastal flooding from 7 PM to 10 PM EDT this evening. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect up to 1 1/2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...Breaking waves of 1 to 3 ft along the north shore of Long Island may result in beach erosion and wave splashover during the times of high tide this evening and Saturday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Brief minor flooding, with inundation up to 1/2 ft above ground level, of the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline expected during this evening high tides.

Purchase Forever Stamps before Price of Stamps Increase on Jan. 26

The price of the first-class stamp is going up again! Find out why and how you can save by purchasing stamps before Jan. 26.

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The cost of living is increasing for everyone, and that includes postal mail service that will be increasing about 6 percent come Jan. 26.

The cost of a first-class postage stamp goes up from 46 cents to 49 cents, beginning Jan. 26. Bulk rate, periodicals and package service rates will also go up.

This rate increase is said to be a temporary increase that is expected to last no longer than two years.

The increase was authorized by the Postal Regulatory Commission to help the U.S. Postal Service offset losses of $2.8 billion from a decline in mail volume between 2008 and 2011.

If you don’t want to get caught up in the price increase – at least for regular letter mailing – stock up on Forever Stamps now. Forever Stamps purchased before Jan. 26 remain valid for first-class mail regardless of what you paid for it or when you use it.

The postage increases break down like this:

  • Regular first-class letter stamp (including Forever stamp) – 3-cents increase to 49 cents
  • Each additional ounce  - 1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) - $1.15
  • Postcard rate – 1-cent increase to 34 cents
  • Bulk mail rates, Periodicals  - increase 6 percent

[Source: Post Regulatory Commission]

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