Focus 12: Hurricanes - Part III

Most hurricanes develop over the warm waters of the tropical Atlantic Ocean and drift to the west. However, some researchers say those patterns are beginning to change and Long Island may get hit with a big storm.

News 12 Long Island?s Chief Meteorologist Bill Korbel says the last hurricane to actually hit Long Island was Gloria in 1985. He says most hurricanes that formed after that just missed the Island due to jet streams and high level winds.

Now, some meteorologists say sometimes those winds don?t push hurricanes out to sea and they may come up the coast. Korbel says meteorologists? ability to track storms and gather data has improved over the years giving people a more accurate forecast. However, Korbel says residents should still be prepared in case a major storm hits.

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Click here to view video footage of the 1938 hurricane on Long Island

Related Links:American Red Cross- Nassau CountyDisaster Preparedness KitHurricane preparedness Fact SheetHurricane Center Full Long Island Forecast on the Web Hurricane of 1938 History Long Island Hurricane History Long Island Weather LIPA Hurricane Season Information Preparing for a Hurricane Hurricane Preparedness for Nassau County Hurricane Preparedness for Nassau Residents Long Island South Shore Hurricane Storm Surge Maps Hurricane Gloria History

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