Nassau County officials, agencies brace for Ophelia’s impact
As Tropical Storm Ophelia continues to bring nasty conditions on Long Island, Nassau County officials and agencies are doubling down on preparation in case of emergencies.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman says dozens of crews from various agencies have been dispatched to respond to any emergencies that may arise. He says the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management as well as other departments are monitoring the storm and are working together.
"The winds could gust as high as 40mph or more and we are starting to see wind gusts already we are starting to see rising tides and see some flooding, please be cautious," said Blakeman.
Blakeman also advises people not to go out to the beaches, avoid down power lines and stay indoors.
Along with Blakeman, the state's Department of Transportation has also readied itself for the storm's possible impact.
"DOT is ready for this storm," said Steve Canzoneri, a representative of the DOT. "We have crews patrolling our roads through Nassau and Suffolk counties."
Canzoneri told News 12 crews were out days before the storm to remove debris from storm drains. They will also be monitoring highway conditions and local parkways that are prone to flooding.