Suffolk executive issues state of emergency ahead of today's heavy downpours, damaging winds

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch, coastal flood warning and high wind warning for Suffolk County. The watch and warnings are in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

Jan 9, 2024, 11:25 AM

Updated 185 days ago

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Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine has issued a state of emergency in preparation for a storm expected to bring heavy downpours and damaging winds to Long Island today.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch, coastal flood warning and high wind warning for Suffolk County. The watch and warnings are in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday.
Storm Watch Team Meteorologist Rich Hoffman says the strong storm will bring heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal flooding this afternoon into Wednesday morning to Long Island.
“I am issuing a state of emergency for Suffolk County to ensure our residents are best prepared for the incoming severe weather,” said Romaine. “While the height of the storm is anticipated to impact the county during the evening and overnight hours, I strongly advise our residents to avoid travel as heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and potential flooding are all possible.”
Flooding in areas throughout the county is possible as forecasts suggests between 2-4 inches of rainfall, with locally higher amounts possible.
Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter spoke to News 12 about what the town is doing to prepare for the storm. Watch the video below:
The county also advises residents of strong to damaging wind potential. According to the National Weather Service, winds are forecasted at 40-50 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph expected. Wind damage could blow down trees and power lines, leading to potential power outages.


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