South Shore communities prep for nor'easter
Communities across Long Island spent the day Sunday monitoring forecasts and preparing for the nor'easter that's set to bring intense winds and rain to the area.
A high wind warning has been issued for Long Island from early Monday morning through Tuesday, and gusts could reach 60 mph or more at times, forecasters say. A hurricane-force wind warning has been issued for a swath of the Atlantic Ocean just off Long Island's South Shore.
"These nor'easters are quite significant for us on a barrier island," says Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman. "We're watching this potential storm very closely."
Schnirman says crews are cleaning storm drains around the community ahead of the storm, and he's urging residents to tie down loose outdoor furniture. The city's comissioner of Public Works, John Mirando, said residents may want to move their cars to higher ground.
Officials from the Town of Babylon are concerned about possible beach erosion, particularly at Gilgo Beach. Coastal flooding is also a concern, especially around times of high tide.
The strong winds could also cause power outages and downed tree limbs. PSEG Long Island said in a release Sunday that it's ready for the storm, noting that a "full complement of personnel" is at the ready.