The winds are capable of downing trees and power lines, the NWS warned.
This comes nine days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the region,
flooding South Shore communities and knocking out power to more than
900,000 customers. LIPA reports 86,197 outages remain in Nassau and 70,360 more in Suffolk.
“Customers should expect that this storm could cause additional
damage in our area, resulting in additional power outages,” LIPA
announced on its website. “LIPA is preparing its operations to respond
to the potential impact of this storm, and will continue to deploy its
significant workforce to address any additional power outages.”
Coastal flooding is also possible in areas already suffering from Sandy’s storm surge. The NWS warned of a 3-foot tidal surge
and 8-12-foot waves capable of causing even more beach erosion. A Storm
Warning is in effect for the waters surrounding the region.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's office said: "The County
Executive reminds residents that an Evacuation Order remains in effect
for those residing in coastal flood zones and encourages them to take
shelter in a family or friends home or in one of the County’s public