New York declares state of emergency, Fire Island under evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy takes aim up East Coast.
Hurricane Sandy has regained some strength overnight as it continues
to power up the East Coast, according to the latest update from the
National Hurricane Center.
The storm had been downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm. But as of the Saturday 11 a.m. advisory, Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane
with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It’s moving to the north-northeast at 9 mph currently off the coast of Florida.
The forecast cone includes most of Long Island, although the latest
track has Sandy making landfall along the Delaware-New Jersey border
late Monday into Tuesday.Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared
a state of emergency Friday afternoon in anticipation of the storm impacting the region.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declared a State of Emergency
for Suffolk County and Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci ordered a mandatory evacuation of Fire Island
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced the closing of all
county parks, marinas and senior centers starting Monday. Visiting hours
at the Nassau County Correctional Center are cancelled for Monday.
A tropical storm warning has been issued from South Santee River, S.C. to Duck, N.C.
Sandy is expected to bring extreme weather to Long Island – depending
on the track – beginning late Sunday. The latest forecast calls for the
region to get between 1-3 inches of rain with western Long Island
possibly seeing more.
Long Island has a 50-60 percent chance of getting tropical
storm-force winds. Tropical storm-force winds have been measured 450
miles from the storm's eye.
The National Weather Service in New York has issued a hazardous weather outlook
for the region and warns of high winds causing widespread downing of trees and power lines along with coastal flooding.Get Long Island news alerts on Facebook
The above was written by Jason Molinet.
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