Tracking Sandy: Saturday 8 p.m. Update

Nassau, Suffolk counties declare state of emergency, Fire Island under evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy takes aim up East Coast.

Hurricane Sandy continues to power up the East Coast Saturday, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. 

Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of the Saturday 8 p.m. advisory. It’s moving to the northeast at 13 mph about 330 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The forecast cone includes most of Long Island, although the latest track has Sandy making landfall along the Delaware-New Jersey border late Monday. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon in anticipation of the storm impacting the region.

LIPA warned of extended power outages, as much as 10 days. The state said LIPA and National Grid have 730 linemen and 187 tree trimmers ready to roll.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declared a state of emergency for Suffolk County and Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci ordered a mandatory evacuation of Fire Island. Suffolk emergency shelters will open Sunday 8 a.m.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delcared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon. He also announced the closing of all county parks, marinas and senior centers Sunday at 5 p.m. Visiting hours at the Nassau County Correctional Center are cancelled for Monday. 

"We are expecting record storm surges – with current models predicting surges greater than Tropical Storm Irene," Mangano said. "Experts predict between 4-8 feet of storm surge."

The Long Island Rail Road announced it may suspend all service starting Sunday at 7 p.m.

North Shore-LIJ Health System said its hospitals would discharge non-acute patients ahead of the storm.

A tropical storm warning has been issued from South Santee River, S.C. to Duck, N.C. The storm had been downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm overnight Friday, but regained strength as it hit the warm Gulf Stream. It's being blamed for 43 deaths in the Caribbean.

Sandy is expected to bring extreme weather to Long Island – depending on the track – beginning late Sunday. The latest forecast calls for the region to get between 1-3 inches of rain with western Long Island possibly seeing more.

Long Island has a 60-70 percent chance of getting tropical storm-force winds. Tropical storm-force winds have been measured 520 miles from the storm's eye. 

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region and warns of high winds causing widespread downing of trees and power lines along with coastal flooding.

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Jaguar-Guy November 01, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Obama also put half FEMA's total budget up with the Sequestration. So, it cuts both ways JG.
Archie Bunker November 01, 2012 at 05:44 PM
You sound like an idiot. Watch the news..............
Jaguar-Guy November 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
It's nice to know that "FEMA will cover everything". Does Obama know that FEMA is currently operating at a deficit of $2 Billion Dollars, and this disaster is projected to cost over $50 Billion Dollars. Also, Obama put half FEMA budget on the cutting block with Sequestration. I know Romney wants to turn over control to states, and he has experience with managing a state and knowing where the money best goes, but man, New Jersey would never come out of this without FEMA. So, the FEMA issue works against both candidates. Obama has no money in the FEMA budget, but has promised to make all whole, and Romney has a bad policy idea (turning over control to states) blow-up in his face. Obama is so glad the main subject is no longer Libya, except on Fox news.
Hazel Wilkonson the First November 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Looks like Fox news isn't the only place mentioning Libya.
Old Viking December 15, 2012 at 03:58 PM
talking back to myself here. i couldn't have been more wrong. :( i hope i never again get on my high horse about media 'fear mongering' over weather events.


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