Gov. Andrew Cuomo has mobilized nearly 2,000 New York Army and Air National Guardsmen
Sunday as Hurricane Sandy closes in on Long Island.
The National Hurricane Center said Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane
maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of the Sunday 8 p.m. advisory.
It’s moving to the northeast at 15 mph about 485 miles south-southeast
of New York City.
The Hurricane Center warns of "life-threatening" storm surge flooding
to the Atlantic coast, Long Island Sound and New York Harbor. Coastal
flooding may be one of the most dangerous aspect of Sandy for Long
"We are expecting record storm surges – with current models
predicting surges greater than Tropical Storm Irene," Nassau County
Executive Ed Mangano said. "Experts predict between 4-8 feet of storm
The NHC anticipates a storm surge, combined with extreme high tide, of 6-11 feet along the Long Island Sound.
The latest track has Sandy making landfall along the south New Jersey
coast early Tuesday. The National Weather Service in New York has
issued a high wind warning
for the region.
President Barack Obama late Sunday granted Cuomo's state of emergency
in anticipation of the storm impacting the region. The governor also
called up the Guard, mobilizing first on Long Island.
Troops will go to Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center to act as a
response force in Suffolk County. The Air National Guard's 106th Rescue
Wing will have 50 airmen on duty at the Gabreski Air National Guard
Base to handle missions on eastern Long Island and provide National
Guard liaison officers to work with emergency management officials in
Suffolk and Nassau counties.
By Monday evening, a total of 250 soldiers
will be assigned to the center in Farmingdale and 150 airmen assigned to
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.
Mangano declared a state of emergency in Nassau Saturday and mandatory evacuation of storm surge zones, particularly the South Shore, Sunday at 2 p.m.
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.
Classes at schools and colleges across the Island have been cancelled Monday.
The Long Island Rail Road suspended all service
starting Sunday at 7 p.m.
NICE bus service in Nassau was suspended at 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be no bus service Monday.
North Shore-LIJ Health System said its hospitals would discharge non-acute patients
ahead of the storm.
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.
A tropical storm warning has been issued from north of Surf City to
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 65 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
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.This story was written by Jason Molinet.
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