Southampton could receive direct hit from Henri; residents prepare for worst
Forecasters are predicting that Southampton may receive a direct hit from Hurricane Henri, which continues to churn closer to Long Island in the Atlantic Ocean.
News 12’s Andrew Ehinger was there Saturday as the town prepared for impact.
Herrick Hardware in the village was sold out of most storm supplies, including batteries, rope and other assorted items.
Some gas stations were seeing shortages, through News 12 did see a tanker arrive to the cheers of some motorists. At other stations, long lines were the norm as many remembered the lack of gas after Superstorm Sandy.
Some were filling up gas tanks for generators. Others were just filling up to get out of town. Jill Castrucci closed her waterfront home in Amagansett in preparation for the storm and was heading out of town with so many others on busy Route 27.
“We're right on the water, so it can be intense,” she said.
Many loaded up on supplies to ride out the storm on the East End.
Southampton supervisor Jay Schneiderman says he has issued a voluntary evacuation order of some low-lying areas and expected to declare a state of emergency.