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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: - - -

Yankees and Mets Look Forward to Fresh Season

The baseball season has started, and both the Yankees and Mets are looking towards a new season.

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The calendar has finally turned to April and that spring weather seems to be right around the corner.

That means one thing; baseball is back. It’s time for opening day, and with it brings hope and a fresh start for the 32 Major League Baseball teams.

The first day of April marked the first games of the year for both the Yankees and Mets, but the two teams opened up their respective 2013 campaign in different fashions.

The Mets have opened up a 4-2 record, while the Yankees won the final game of each of its two series against the Red Sox and Tigers to start at 2-4. Both seasons are still very young, but the Yankees and Mets are two baseball teams that will have extremely interesting seasons.

The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in the Major Leagues, and already are feeling the downside of that age with the number of injuries hurting them early on. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson are missing the first games of the season due to injury.

Granderson broke his hand when he was hit by a pitch back in spring training and is expected to be out until at least late April or early May. Jeter is still feeling the effects of the broken ankle he suffered at the end of last season, and the Yankees have pushed back his return for a few weeks now. General Manager Brian Cashman says that the Yankees are shooting for a May 1st return for the captain. Teixiera could be out until as late as June 1st, but as early as May 1st reports now say.

Until those three key pieces return to the Yankee lineup, it could be a struggle for them. Without them, there is no real threat in the lineup outside of Robinson Cano. Thus, the Yankees will rely heavily on its starting rotation and bullpen to keep them afloat while they wait for the core of the lineup to return.

The former Red Sox World Series Champion Kevin Youkilis is a Yankee this season, and will need to be a run producer for the first half of the season with the other guys out with injury. Through the first two series of the year, Youkilis is hitting .409 with one homerun and four runs batted in. He has been the Yankees best hitter, and will be a huge plus for the Yankees going forward if he can continue his hot start.

A good sign for the Yankees is the performances of its two left-handed starting pitchers, Andy Pettite and C.C Sabathia. Sabathia shut out the Tigers over seven innings on Sunday, while Pettite shut down the Red Sox earlier in the week.

Over in Queens, the Metropolitans are in a bit of a rebuilding phase. The ownership and the front office has been forced to cut a little bit of the payroll to make up for some poor investments, and will be relying on some youngsters this season. They did spend some money however, as they gave a contract extension to their franchise player David Wright, who will be the Mets staple for years to come.

The Mets received some unfortunate news in the last week regarding the highly-paid starting pitcher Johan Santana. Santana will have to undergo season-ending surgery that will force him to miss his second full season in three years.

Santana’s career could be all but over, but the Mets will go forward without him this season. They got two fantastic starts from their front-end starters, Jonathan Niese and Matt Harvey to win the first two games of the 2013 campaign.

Much like the Yankees, the Mets strength this season will have to be its pitching. Niese has been a formidable pitcher for the past two seasons and will now serve as the ace of the staff. The bright future of the Mets pitching staff starts with Matt Harvey, who will be in his first full major league season this year. Harvey impressed when he came up late last season, and will be the anchor of the Mets rotation for years to come.

The Mets future does look bright though when you think about some of the prospects they received for R.A Dickey, as well as Carlos Beltran a couple of years ago. For Beltran, the Mets got back Zack Wheeler, a very young right-hander who, along with Harvey, who could be called up from the minor leagues at some point this season.

John Buck, who the Mets got as part of a package for Cy Young winner R.A Dickey in the off-season, is off to a red hot start. Through the first six games, Buck is hitting .400 with two home runs and nine runs batted in. Buck has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets, who only got Buck as an extra piece in the Dickey trade.

The baseball season is still in its infancy stages, but between baseball and the warm weather, it brings excitement to the area. The boys of summer have returned and many Long Islanders, both Yankees and Mets fans, are excited for the season that lies ahead.