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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: - - -

White House Releases Sweeping Gun Control Proposals

In addition to various gun control proposals, President Obama has signed 23 executive orders to create immediate action on the issue.

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The White House took major steps on Wednesday to enact immediate sweeping gun control regulations, following Vice President Joe Biden’s presentation of the gun violence task force’s proposals the day before.  

President Obama signed 23 executive orders into law, which will serve as the first step in the administration’s efforts to stem gun violence outlined in the plan, titled “Now is the Time.”  The measures address for critical areas: law enforcement, school safety, mental health, and the availability of firearms.  
“While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love,” the plan reads.
Among the executive orders, background checks will be required for all gun sales, and the background check system will be strengthened by increasing access to mental health records.  Law enforcement officials will have the authority to run a full background check before returning a seized gun.  
Guns recovered in by agents involved in federal investigations will be traced, and information from the Department of Justice on lost and stolen guns will be made available to law enforcement.  $14 million will be allocated for increased training for law enforcement for “active shooter” situations, such as the Christmas Eve shooting in Webster, NY.
The Attorney General will be reviewing criteria for that prohibits certain individuals from owning weapons in an effort to make sure fewer dangerous people slip through the cracks.  Additionally, the Attorney General has been ordered to issue a report on the availability of new gun safety technologies.
Mental health-based recommendations The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been directed to research both the causes, and effective prevention of gun violence.  The administration recommends that $10 million be provided to fund this research.  Doctors are also informed, under a different order, that there is no federal law prohibiting them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement.  State health officials will receive clarification of the complete range of mental health services that Medicaid must provide for.
As per the recommendation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a complete review of of safety standards for gun locks and safes will be carried out.  
Schools will be provided with incentives to hire resource officers and to provide improved mental health counselling services.  A model plan for emergency management will be made available to schools, as well as houses of worship, colleges and universities.  
The President also signed an order to launch a nationwide safe and responsible gun ownership program, which will promote “common sense” measures such as reporting lost or stolen guns and the safe storage of firearms.
In total, the plan is expected to cost $500 million.
The orders do not completely tackle gun ownership, and instead primarily target the manufacture of new weapons.  Despite that, gun advocacy groups have come out against the plan.  
The National Rifle Association released a new ad labelling the President as an “elitist hypocrite” for providing armed security for his own children while dismissing their suggestion to place armed security in the nation’s schools.  Critics of the ad have come out in full force, but as the ad suggests, the NRA will be a strong opponent to further gun control measures.  
Gov. Cuomo, who on Tuesday signed the New York SAFE Act which enacts various gun control measures in the state, and the toughest in the nation, weighed in on the President's actions.  "In addition, the executive actions the President took today will be a big help in the fight to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people, and keep our schoolchildren safe from harm. As many of the illegal guns in New York come from out of state, I strongly applaud the President's proposal for tougher gun trafficking laws that will help to end the proliferation of lethal weapons across state lines.
"These are reasonable and sensible proposals that have nothing to do with the right to bear arms, or the interests of hunters or sportsmen. Our nation has experienced far too much bloodshed as a result of gun violence, and the time for action is now," Cuomo said.
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