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11 p.m. Update: Hurricane Warning For Long Island

Several Long Island communities under evacuation orders as mass transit begins to shut down at noon Saturday.

Brace for a stormy weekend. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Long Island and the Long Island Sound Friday.

As of 11 p.m. Hurricane Irene, a Category 2 storm packing winds up to 100 mph, is 140 miles south of Cape Lookout, N.C. The core of the storm is expected to reach the North Carolina coast overnight.

The hurricane warning extends from Little River Inlet, N.C. to Sagamore Beach, Mass. Long Island should start to see outer bands from the storm late Saturday.

The National Weather Service has also issued a coastal flood hazard with comunities along the Long Island Sound in a high impact zone. Most of Nassau and Queens are listed as high to extreme inland flood hazards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Thursday. It started a cascade of emergency measures, including:

  • The MTA announced the Long Island Rail Road will suspend fare collection, effective immediately on all westbound trains on the Far Rockaway, Long Beach and Montauk/Babylon Branches to facilitate evacuation. Conductors will view tickets for monthly/weekly ticket holders, but will not collect a fare for those under the evacuation orders. Also, pets will be allowed to accompany evacuees on trains when leashed or in a container.
  • The MTA has also said it will start suspending service for buses, subways and trains beginning at noon Saturday.
  • Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced a mandatory evacuation order for all residents living south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Centre and south of Merrick Road, from Rockville Centre to the Nassau-Suffolk border. All those residing in these areas must evacuate by 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said low-lying areas and storm surge zones need to be evacuated, including parts of Manorhaven, Manhasset Isle, and residents that live along shore road along Manhasset Bay.
  • Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko announced a mandatory evacuation effective 8 a.m. Saturday for those who reside in the town's South Shore flood zones, from Center Moriches to Patchogue.
  • Islip Town mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas south of Montauk Highway will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. 
  • Fire Island mandatory evacuation began 3 p.m. Friday.
  • Asharoken Mayor Patricia Irving has urged residents to evacuate. 

The 48 hour outlook places the storm track squarely through Long Island, with much of the East Coast in the forecast cone. At the current estimate, Irene could make landfall on Long Island at some point Sunday.

According to NOAA models, Long Island faces up to an 70-percent probability of seeing tropical storm-force winds up to 74 mph. The model also shows the Island has a 20-percent chance of facing hurricane force winds.  

Joe August 28, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Lloyd, you should check his comment history a bit more thoroughly. How did he know what sort of car you drive? Marc's age or employment status? He posted a picture of a property owner's home along with their address because he didn't like what they were doing with their LB property. This is stalking, it's illegal, and Clem is not just some controversial crackpot. Beware.
Marc Rosen August 28, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Actually, I made statements earlier in this comment section about both my age and employment status.
Joe August 28, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Marc, you might want to rethink doing that (posting personal details) in the future before Clem decides that being a condescending dunderhead to you isn't enough and posts a picture of your home here. Much of his more offensive material is deleted by monitors, but there's enough left to get a clear picture.
Clem August 28, 2011 at 02:39 PM
A I expected, this was a bust. Government run amok. Storm's over. Winds never exceeded 50. No damage to boardwalk. Lifeguard shed floated north against boardwalk. Ocean water down some streets. Ocean made it up Laurelton to Park. Otherwise, power is on in most of Long Beach. One block outage by Granada Towers. Lots of flooded basements, I'm sure. Lots of new roof leaks. Government out of control.
Clem August 28, 2011 at 02:44 PM
The Toyota comment was a figure of speech, just a joke about "little Toyotas". Marc said he was 23 and unemployed, so I naturally picked on him. The slumlord who was destroying the neighborhood is public record. And you Joe, or Tom T, as you usually post, can't accept my opinion that your homosexual behavior is wrong and that man-boy relations should never be celebrated and legalized. So you say bad things about me. Now leave me alone. Talk about the weather.

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