Nassau and Suffolk county executives have ordered mandatory evacuations by 5 p.m. today of EVERYONE south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Center and EVERYONE south of Merrick Road, from Rockville Center to the Nassau-Suffolk border. In addition, any residents still on Fire Island are urged to evacuate NOW with ferry service expected to be shut off by 4 p.m. or even earlier, depending on the conditions. Long Islanders living in any low-lying coastal areas are also told to evacuate immediately, including Brookhaven, Islip, and Babylon. The north shore is under voluntary evacuation orders as of now, especially in low lying areas. Barrier reef communities must also evacuate and all roads to them will be closed at 6 p.m. This includes Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout, and Atlantic Beach.
If you are hesitant to leave, please pay close attention to the following: once the flooding and hurricane force winds arrive, the authorities will NOT BE ABLE TO RESCUE YOU. The message being repeated constantly all morning is simple: GET OUT NOW! Be aware of the evacuation routes and take your family to one the shelters or to friends and family who live outside of the evacuation area. Suffolk county evacuations by town and shelter locations are varied because of the large area affected, but the county website has interactive information to help you understand exactly where to go.
LIPA and county officials have stated that there will most likely be power outages across much of Long Island, lasting for hours or even days. In addition to major flooding, there will be hurricane force winds ranging from 70 to 110 miles per hour and storm surges made worse by the high tide. Even if you are not told to evacuate, stay away from windows, do not drink tap water until officials tell you it’s safe, and do not eat food as it defrosts because it will spoil quickly. Be prepared with survival kits and a list of emergency numbers.
Nassau County Police non-emergency number 888-684-4274
Nassau County Office of Emergency Management 516-573-0636
Suffolk County Police non-emergency number 631-852-COPS (2677)
Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management 631-852-4900
Report power outages to LIPA 800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900
Report gas emergency to National Grid 800-490-0045
American Red Cross (Nassau) 516-747-3500
American Red Cross (Suffolk) 631-924-6700