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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

Cuomo Declares Flu Emergency In NY

Governor Cuomo issues edict allowing pharmacies to administer flu vaccines to children in effort to halt the spread of the virus.

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With flu season in full swing, having spread to around 47states, Governor Cuomo has declared New York to be in a “state of emergency” over dwindling supplies of the flu vaccine. Pharmacies like CVS, Rite Aid and others are seeing their stock of the flu vaccine (both the typical, syringe-based and inhalation-based versions) flying off the shelves as the flu virus continues its rampage across the United States. This news comes after a significant rise in hospital admissions over the past week.

A 55 percent increase in hospital admissions of any form of illness is troubling, however; in this case, the flu is to blame. Governor Cuomo cited this flu season as the worst in four years, with 57 counties statewide and all five boroughs of Manhattan attributing to the near-20, 000 cases thus far. An executive order issued by Governor Cuomo allows pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine to children from six months old to 18 years of age. Previously, one had to be 18 years or older in order to receive a flu vaccine.

Governor Cuomo stated that it was important to "remove all barriers to ensure that all New Yorkers — children and adults alike — have access to critically needed flu vaccines."

While the flu vaccine isn’t a guarantee against sickness, some cite that around 62 percent of those inoculated will not suffer from the flu this season. While there is no significant difference between the flu shot or the nasal mist delivery systems, individuals are encouraged to seek out flu vaccination immediately in order to prevent the spread of the virus this season.