Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Jason Molinet.
Hurricane Sandy is closing in on Long Island Sunday, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane
with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of the Sunday 8 a.m. advisory. It’s moving to the northeast at 10 mph about 395 miles south of New York City.
The forecast cone includes most of Long Island, and its latest track has Sandy making landfall along the New Jersey coast early Tuesday. The National Weather Service in New York has issued a high wind warning
for the region.Watch: RadarGov. Andrew Cuomo declared
a state of emergency Friday afternoon in anticipation of the storm impacting the region.LIPA warned of extended power outages
, as much as 10 days. The state said LIPA and National Grid have 730 linemen and 187 tree trimmers ready to roll.
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
. Suffolk emergency shelters will open
Sunday 8 a.m.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delcared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon. He also announced the closing of all county parks, marinas and senior centers Sunday at 5 p.m. Visiting hours at the Nassau County Correctional Center are cancelled for Monday.
"We are expecting record storm surges – with current models predicting surges greater than Tropical Storm Irene," said Mangano, who called for a voluntary evacuation of storm surge zones along the South Shore. "Experts predict between 4-8 feet of storm surge."
The Long Island Rail Road announced it may suspend all service
starting Sunday at 7 p.m.
North Shore-LIJ Health System said its hospitals would discharge non-acute patients
ahead of the storm.
A tropical storm warning has been issued from Cape Fear to Duck, N.C. The storm had been downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm overnight Friday, but regained strength as it hit the warm Gulf Stream. It's being blamed for at least 58 deaths
in the Caribbean.
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 1-4 inches of rain with western Long Island possibly seeing more.
Long Island has a 70-90 percent chance of getting tropical storm-force winds. Tropical storm-force winds have been measured 520 miles from the storm's eye.
The NWS 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
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