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TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 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 39 to 57 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Efforts to protect property should now be underway. Prepare for limited wind damage. - ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * 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: Around high tide - 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: Efforts should now be underway to prepare for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas. - ACT: Take actions to protect life and property. Prepare to leave 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

Students Showcase Engineering Skills at the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition — "Aerial AssistSM"

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Fifty Teams Compete in Regional Event for Awards and Chance to Be Invited to Championship in St. Louis

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Long Island, NY - March 26, 2014 - Who: High school teams from Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and Brazil will participate in the 15th Annual SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition for an opportunity to be awarded for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and problem-solving, and advance to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. (Participating teams are listed at the end of this advisory.)
 
 What: This year’s challenge, "Aerial AssistSM", is played by two Alliances of three teams each. Alliances compete by trying to score as many balls as possible into goals during a two-and-a-half-minute match. Additional points are earned by robots working together to score goals, and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field.  
 
The FRC® is a program that challenges high school students — working with mentors — to design, build, and program a robot for competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students. Teams in the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will vie for regional awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship to be held April 24-27, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.
 
The competition is a program of FIRST, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspire young people’s interest and participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
 
When: Thursday, March 27
8:00 a.m.-noon — Robot testing and inspection
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Practice rounds
 
Friday, March 28
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. — Opening ceremonies
9:00 am-5:00 p.m. — Qualifying matches
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. — Day 1 awards ceremony
 
Saturday, March 29
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. — Opening ceremonies
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Qualifying matches
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Final rounds
4:30 p.m.-5:30 pm — Awards & closing ceremonies
 
Where: David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (Arena)
North Campus, Hofstra University
Hempstead, N.Y.
 
Directions: Exit M4 off the Meadowbrook Parkway, Route 24 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Stay on 24W for about one mile. Go past Nassau Coliseum and make the first right after the first overhead walkway (this is the main entrance into the campus). Make a right at the stop sign onto Northern Boulevard. The second building on the right is the Hofstra Arena. Follow signs to parking.
 
Photo Ops: Teams presenting their robots for the first time after six weeks of building and programming. Students testing, tuning up, and competing with their original robots. Alliances attempting to score as many points as possible during matches. Mentors, school groups, school mascots, family, and fans cheering on teams.
 
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About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) was founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses that would provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce. Over 100 partnerships have been formed. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition to Long Island, in which eight high school teams participated. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition has grown to 50 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo, in which over 1,300 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. For more information, visit sbpli.org.
 
About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $18 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO®League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to usfirst.org.
 
LIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
 
SUFFOLK COUNTY
Bay Shore
Brentwood
Center Moriches
Central Islip
Comsewogue
Connetquot
Copiague
Half Hollow Hills
Hampton Bays
Hauppauge
Huntington
Lindenhurst
Longwood
Miller Place
Northport
Patchogue-Medford
Pierson
Port Jefferson
Sachem
Sayville
Smithtown
Southold
Walt Whitman
West Islip
Westhampton Beach
 
NASSAU COUNTY
Baldwin
Carle Place
Cold Spring Harbor
Great Neck South
Hicksville
Island Trees
Malverne
North Shore
Oceanside
Paul D. Schreiber
Plainedge
Plainview-Old Bethpage
Roosevelt
Seaford
The Wheatley School
Uniondale
W.T. Clarke
Westbury
 
TEAMS FROM OTHER REGIONS
Curtis High School, Staten Island, NY
Eastern Camden County Regional High Schools, Voorhees, NJ
Herbert H. Lehman High School, Bronx, NY
John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, NY
Marista Pio XII High School, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
Queens Vocational and Technical HS, Long Island City, NY
William E. Grady Technical School, Brooklyn, NY