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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: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

Jury Convicts Cocaine Dealer who Fired on Suffolk DA Task Force Detectives

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The man was found guilty of attempted murder & 16 other charges,

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Central Islip, NY - December 13, 2013 - A Farmingville man, indicted in 2011 for opening fire on members of the District Attorney’s Heroin Task Force at a gas station drug deal rendezvous was convicted of attempted murder and other charges this afternoon, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.   
 
In addition to the top count of attempted murder in the second degree, the jury convicted Nicholas Hansen of 16 other charges including multiple counts of criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  
 
“As the detectives assigned to the task force surrounded his car and blocked him in after Hansen’s arrival at the gas station north of Exit 41 of the expressway, the defendant suddenly emerged from his car and began firing, emptying his .38 at them,” DA Spota said.  “One of our task force members, a New York State Police Investigator with 15 years on the job, crouched in the open, ten feet away, and returned fire.” 
 
Hansen, 23, was struck four times and recovered from his wounds. 
 
His trial, before State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in Central Islip began December 3.  Jurors deliberated for two days. 
 
“The members of this task force – DA detectives, Suffolk Sheriff's Deputy Investigators, State Police Investigators, Suffolk Police detectives – encounter situations with the potential of turning deadly in a matter of seconds,” District Attorney Spota said.  “In this case, it was a drug dealer with four ounces of cocaine and a loaded .38.  The investigation of drug dealers is the most treacherous police assignment and what happened here on a peaceful summer evening in Holbrook illustrates the peril our task force members put themselves in to eradicate the trafficking of cocaine, heroin, and painkillers.”  
 
Hansen faces up to 25 years in prison on the attempted murder charge, an additional 25 years for his conviction on the criminal use of a firearm first degree counts, a maximum 15 years on the gun possession charges and additional prison time for the possession and sale of a controlled substance.  
 
Justice Camacho scheduled sentencing for January 14. 
 
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Heroin Task Force is a multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit comprised of detectives, investigators and other law enforcement personnel from District Attorney Spota’s office, DEA, New York State Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Division of Parole and the Suffolk County Department of Probation.  Since its creation in March of 2009, the Task Force has disrupted the operations of heroin and other drug distribution networks in the New York metropolitan area, resulting in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of illegal drugs and hundreds of illegal weapons.