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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

We're wrapping up our live post for Monday, Aug, 18, 2014. Thanks for choosing us as your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more.

Until Tuesday, peruse below to see what we've been tracking.

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DEVELOPING 

FLOOD HELP. The New York State Department of Financial Services' Mobile Command Center will be back at Islip Town Hall West (401 Main St.) Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide insurance assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by flooding from last Wednesday's heavy rainfall.

Islip Town officials held a news conference Monday morning to discuss safety concerns regarding the historic rainstorm. The Aug. 13 storm caused flooding to nearly 400 houses within the town, submerging electrical equipment and wiring, and it also damaged roadways and trees. Find out what officials had to say here.

MISSING KAYAKER. Suffolk police say they are planning "sporadic searches," as resources allow, for the kayaker reported missing from Lake Ronkonkoma Thursday. An hourlong search for the missing man -- Kevin Conley, 40, of Sound Beach -- was conducted Sunday.

BEACHES CLOSED. Three Islip Town beaches ---Benjamin Beach in Bay Shore, Sayville Marine Park Beach and Bayport Beach -- are closed to swimming, because of excessive bacteria levels, Suffolk County health officials said.

HIT AND RUNPolice are investigating a hit-and-run crash late Sunday in Central Islip that left a pedestrian seriously injured. Police urge any witnesses to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. 

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

LIE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLEARED. A motorcycle accident that was blocking the right and center lanes of the LIE eastbound between Exit 35, Shelter Rock Road, and Exit 36, Searingtown Road in North Hills, has been cleared. There is still stop-and-go traffic back to Exit 34, New Hyde Park Road.

NY 25. All eastbound lanes and one westbound lane between Hawkins Avenue/Stony Brook Road and Elliot Avenue in Lake Grove have reopened after a crash and subsequent investigation that left one person seriously injured. The accident involved a motorcycle and a car and shut down this section of the roadway for about 90 minutes.

NORTHERN STATE PWKY. The right westbound lane near Exit 28 (Willis Avenue) will be closed until 3 p.m. for road work.

WEATHER

Monday will be overcast with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 61.

The temperature in Westhampton Beach Monday morning jumped 13 degrees -- from 54 to 67 -- in one hour, according to the National Weather Service. 

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