By MARY MURPHY
2:29 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
LONG ISLAND (PIX11)
When PIX 11 cameraman, Keith Lopez, and I entered Bayville, Long Island about 10:30 am Monday, we were amazed at the waves kicking up from Long Island Sound, an hour before high tide in this North Shore town.
Thirty minutes later, the Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano, told residents in the "tidal surge" zone to get out.
"The worst is yet to come," Mangano said at the Bayville Firehouse.
"The National Weather Service says we will have hurricane-force winds, possibly 85 miles per hour by 3 pm."
The tidal surge is expected to be much worse than a 1992 storm that hit the area.
U. S. Congressman, Steve Israel, joined Mangano at the press conference, telling reporters, "We have the National Guard at a staging area at Republic Airport. We are consulting with Homeland Security.". About 250 National Guard members have been mobilized, along with 150 members of the Air National Guard.
Nassau County had shelters set up at Nassau Community College, Levittown Memorial High School, SUNY-Old Westbury, and the county even had a kosher shelter in West Hempstead.
PIX 11 had reports of trees down in Westbury and Seaford, as of 1:30 pm Monday.
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