Meteorologists say as many at three major storms are still possible this hurricane season, according to New York's WABC.
The local news station recently sat down with Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman and Public Works Commissioner Jim LaCarrubba to talk about the city’s hurricane preparations. The newscast also features Allegra Hotel owner Al Rosenberg, who tells a reporter about precautions being taken for any Hurricane Irene-like storms that wreaked havoc on his establishment last summer.
The Allegra was the site of some of Long Beach’s most spectacular flooding after Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit Long Beach on Aug. 27-28. But that didn't stop the storm’s winds of about 70 mph and heavy rain from downing many trees, flooding homes and streets and moving structures, including the lifeguard station that surging ocean waters lifted off its foundation and knocked into the boardwalk at National Boulevard beach.
In the wake of the storm thousands of homes were without power, and the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a number of storm-related fires, including one on West Park in which firefighters stood in three feet of water in the street to battle the blaze. Just days before the storm struck, city was preparing to host the Quiksilver Pro New York surf competition, and while the competition went on as scheduled the musical portion of the event was cancelled.
Prior to the storm, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano ordered a mandatory evacuation of Long Beach, as well as other areas of the county.
The City of Long Beach offers the following information on hurricane preparedness on its website: