BETHPAGE - Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano declared a state of an emergency for the county late Saturday afternoon.

The declaration came as the U.S. Geological Survey stated that more than 40 percent of Long Island's southern coast is likely to experience dune and beach erosion.

Although he did not announce evacuations for coastal sections yet, he ordered the mandatory evacuation of patients at Long Beach Hospital and all of the skilled nursing facilities on the barrier island.

Mangano said depending on the track of the storm, evacuation orders may be in place sometime tomorrow. The county is activating its non-emergency hotline Sunday morning at 7 a.m.

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