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11 p.m. Update: Hurricane Warning for Long Island

Several Long Island communities under evacuation orders as mass transit begins to shut down at noon Saturday.

Brace for a stormy weekend. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Long Island and the Long Island Sound Friday.

As of 11 p.m. Hurricane Irene, a Category 2 storm packing winds up to 100 mph, is 140 miles south of Cape Lookout, N.C. The core of the storm is expected to reach the North Carolina coast overnight.

The hurricane warning extends from Little River Inlet, N.C. to Sagamore Beach, Mass. Long Island should start to see outer bands from the storm late Saturday.

The National Weather Service has also issued a coastal flood hazard with comunities along the Long Island Sound in a high impact zone. Most of Nassau and Queens are listed as high to extreme inland flood hazards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Thursday. It started a cascade of emergency measures, including:

  • The MTA announced the Long Island Rail Road will suspend fare collection, effective immediately on all westbound trains on the Far Rockaway, Long Beach and Montauk/Babylon Branches to facilitate evacuation. Conductors will view tickets for monthly/weekly ticket holders, but will not collect a fare for those under the evacuation orders. Also, pets will be allowed to accompany evacuees on trains when leashed or in a container.
  • The MTA has also said it will  for buses, subways and trains beginning at noon Saturday.
  • Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced a  for all residents living south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Centre and south of Merrick Road, from Rockville Centre to the Nassau-Suffolk border. All those residing in these areas must evacuate by 5 p.m. Saturday.
  •  Supervisor Jon Kaiman said low-lying areas and storm surge zones , including parts of Manorhaven, Manhasset Isle, and residents that live along shore road along Manhasset Bay.
  • Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko announced a  effective 8 a.m. Saturday for those who reside in the town's South Shore flood zones, from Center Moriches to Patchogue.
  •  of low-lying areas south of Montauk Highway will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. 
  •  began 3 p.m. Friday.
  •  Mayor Patricia Irving has urged residents to . 

The 48 hour outlook places the storm track squarely through Long Island, with much of the East Coast in the forecast cone. At the current estimate, Irene could make landfall on Long Island at some point Sunday.

According to NOAA models, Long Island faces up to an 70-percent probability of seeing tropical storm-force winds up to 74 mph. The model also shows the Island has a 20-percent chance of facing hurricane force winds.  

Tracy Jo Tenner August 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM
Am out of area this time (TG!), but live in Hurricane Alley, So FL. I'm inquiring for an elderly friend in E.Patchogue as to where the nearest shelter(s) might be. Thanks in advance and good luck all.
David D'Agostino August 27, 2011 at 02:45 PM
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Greg Martinez August 27, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I am not a meteorologist or atmospheric scientist of any kind, however, I have an observation and a question. I do not seem to see an eye to this "hurricane" in the latest pictures. If I am right, and there is no eye, why is this not classified now as a tropical storm?
Tariq Khan August 27, 2011 at 05:20 PM
According to underground, Irene lost the eye last night and the pressure is stable. It would have been slowing down much faster had it not been such a large one. I believe the classification is based on wind speeds and not neccesarily the existence (or not) of an eye. Again, according to the same blog post, it might likely be classified to be a tropical storm by the time it hits LI, but still with sustained winds of up to 70mph. However, since the storm is so big, the storm surge could be 5 on a 1 to 6 scale, which is typically associated with category 2 or 3 hurricanes. So still a high possibility of damage, both from flying debris and flooding.
Ray Medico August 28, 2011 at 01:11 PM
We have home on Devon road, Amagansett. Does anyone know if there are power outages in that neighborhood?

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