Hurricane Irene: Worst-case scenario

Hurricane Irene is making its way toward Long Island, and the timing of the storm is a big concern. Officials say the worst-case scenario is

LONG BEACH - Hurricane Irene is making its way toward Long Island, and the timing of the storm is a big concern.

Officials say the worst-case scenario is the hurricane makes landfill during high tide. According to News 12 Long Island Meteorologist Bruce Avery, there's going to be a new moon and it will likely be high tide -- a combination that could cause massive flooding.

The timing could be crucial for residents living along the South Shore. Many say they're worried and have been filling up sandbags as a precaution before they evacuate.

Long Islanders prepare for Hurricane IreneGov. Cuomo declares state of emergency in NY

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