AMITYVILLE, LONG ISLAND (PIX11)—With Hurricane Irene on the way, Long Island is bracing for the worst while hoping for the best. With storm surges in Amittyville on the south shore expected to reach 4-8 feet, many neighbors who live near South Oyster Bay are bringing boats to the north shore, bringing in patio furniture, and securing everything that's not tied down.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary met with PIX 11 News Friday morning to talk about how important it is for all boats left out on the water to have the owners name and contact info easily accessible on the boat. If Irene churns the bay, boats could end up stranded, and the Coast Guard will assume they have to search and rescue missing boaters. Having that label saves time and possibly, lives.
In Nassau County, people who live on the barrier island, including Atlantic Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, Long Beach, and Point Lookout are now being told they could have to evacuate.
A huge storm surge and coastal flooding could do a lot of damage to areas in Suffolk like Amityville, Bay Shore, the Hamptons and other south shore communities.
In Nassau County, buses are at the ready to take people to shelters if needed, and in Suffolk, people on Fire Island are being asked to voluntarily evacuate. That could turn into a mandatory evacuation.
LIPA is canceling vacations for 500 employees and adding 500 more crews, because of the potential for high winds which could bring down trees, and, we know from past storms, trees bring down lines. The LIRR is canceling some trains headed to the east end, and may kill a few more or even shut down the whole system if gale force winds sock the island.
The Red Cross is ready to help with shelter if evacuations become necessary. And the highly recommend everyone have a go kit?
Water. At least one gallon per person per day.
Food. All non-perishables, canned food (and manual can opener), energy bars, peanut butter and other nutritious foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
First aid kit /Medications.
Battery-powered flashlight and radio, extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick.
Also they say fill up your gas tank.