The villages of Westhampton Beach and West Hampton Dunes have issued mandatory evacuations in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's arrival.
The evacuations come after the villages issued notices of anticipated evacuation and voluntary evacuations earlier on Sunday.
According to Rebecca Molinaro, clerk of the Village of Westhampton Beach, as of noon, the fire and police departments are working to evacuate of Dune Road and all areas south of Main Street that fall within the flood zone.
All village beaches have also been closed to the public, said Molinaro, noting that Mayor Conrad Teller has also signed an emergency declaration.
According to Mayor Gary Vegliante, the Village of West Hampton Dune's order of mandatory evacuation will be effective at 3 p.m. All village residents are asked to leave their homes and to ensure that no cars are parked on any of the village's roadways.
West Hampton Dunes residents requiring special assistance, can call the Duty Phone at 631-404-8304 for help.
Also at 3 p.m., a State of Emergency for West Hampton Dunes will go into effect.
The shelter at Hampton Bays High School has been opened since 8 a.m. and is ready to take in residents. Those residents with pets can go to a shelter at the Suffolk County Community College's Eastern Campus, Woodlands Building, located at 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, in Riverside.
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