Focus 12: Hurricanes - Part II

The National Weather Service says the chance of strong hurricanes hitting the Atlantic Coast is approximately 70 percent above normal this year. But are Long Islanders ready in case a big storm hits?

Coastal geologist Nicholas Coch says people in the south regularly prepare for hurricanes. However, Coch says residents in the north usually don?t heed hurricane warnings. Long Island meteorologists say most residents talk about hurricanes, but no major storm ever hits.

Authorities worry if there was an evacuation of Long Island, many residents wouldn?t heed the warnings. Experts say homes on the shore are not the only ones in danger during a major hurricane. Geologists say a category 4 storm could cause flooding throughout Long Island.

The city of Long Beach is trying to prepare residents before a hurricane does hit. City officials mailed out flyers to residents outlining evacuation routes. Red Cross officials say every home on Long Island should have an emergency kit ready in case a 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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