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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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Bojames October 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Underground cables good idea...which will cost millions ...that you and I will pay for...so do we still want it?
Jerry S October 28, 2012 at 02:27 PM
MTA suspending subway and buses tonight at 7pm!
Old Viking October 28, 2012 at 03:56 PM
since you brought politics into the weather mix, it's possible that Sandy ( i am presuming her to be female) was so tired of watching two men again running for the highest office of the land, with no woman anywhere yet near to ascending to that pinnacle of power it would appear, that She decided to come and interrupt the constant drone of political bs leading up to election time, and roar her extreme dissatisfaction with the political process.. Do you feel ably reoresented by the two choices? ps...don't worry too much about your back porch furniture. just do the best you can, que sera, sera. the winds won't be so bad.
Old Viking October 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
if a cat 1 approach causes this much hand wringing, binge buying, and states of emergency declared early on across the entire eastern seaboard, wth would they do if a cat 5 god forbid were to be on her way, order to evacuate state by state?
Frank G October 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Most intelligent thing I've read here. Guess these posters know more about weather and storms than the people who do it for a living. To tell people it's all hype and some kind of conspiracy is not only irresponsible it's ignorant. Good luck
Ed October 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Underground power lines are the way to go. We should start by requiring all new developments to run underground power lines. We should also restrict the size of trees under power lines.
Nano October 28, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I agree with you. There is a lot of hype because people do not prepare as needed otherwise and then need to be resued or complain that they were not warned or ready. Flooding and wind destruction are damaging to property and to people. Better to warn people be prepared than to be sorry.
silly-oma October 29, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Where?? Some of us new to this publication....I just found it now and am disabled and a lone in Riverhead. I need to be where there is power if the power should go out here....can you help with that??
highhatsize October 29, 2012 at 05:46 PM
to Old Viking: You continue to misjudge the storm on the basis of its wind speed instead of looking at the overall picture including duration, surge and high-tide coincidence. Flooding from this event will be epochal, especially on the North Shore where the storm surge could reach 11 feet. I am aware that the media habitually hypes every catastrophic event but this time they are spot-on.
Doug Charles October 29, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Can't wait for people like you to cry when President Obama gets re-elected next week.
Babaloo October 29, 2012 at 07:37 PM
As president, he was blamed for the poor response FEMA and Brownie provided. if you remember, it took DAYS for help to arrive. People died due to the ineptness of FEMA. It was shameful.
Greg Rebuttal October 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hurricane Ike that hit Texas in 2008 had sustained winds of 110, a category 2 hurricane. However the huge size of the storm which brought hurricane strength wind fields across hundreds of miles created the type of storm surge normally associated with a category 4 hurricane. It seems Sandy is similar to Ike in that respect. Ike killed 200 people and turned neighborhoods into wastelands of cement slabs where houses used to be. If you are in an area that floods you should've left by now.
Paul Curtis October 30, 2012 at 01:23 AM
You may want to bookmark this comprehensive weather prediction page and pass the link on to others... http://www.realityisfree.com/weather.html
christie nicolle October 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
America has endured a worse Storm surge 4 years now of the empty suit in the white house... it's time for Obama to be gone with this wind!! Voters need to evacuate the democrat party + honor Mitt Romney***
MK October 30, 2012 at 07:19 PM
guess you will have a plate full of crow Old Viking. ( Hurricane Gloria was a CAT 1 and did alot of damage too.) Fox news channel 26 explained the transition of the "storms" very well. Hope you're safe Old Viking
John Gruber October 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
got nothing else to do besides being up Obama on a hurricane thread?
John Gruber October 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
got nothing else to do besides bring up Obama on a hurricane thread?
John Gruber October 30, 2012 at 07:42 PM
and before you talk about evacuations, you know FEMA, that agency that helps people in these situations? yea well Romney said he's gonna cut its funding, so why don't you tell all these people that if you have it your way, they'd be on their own the next time this happens
Jenn October 31, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Eat Crow, Old Viking
christie nicolle November 01, 2012 at 04:55 PM
if only the leftist media was 'Tracking' the worst hurricane of all: Obama -- then he'd be voted OUT + be gone with the wind! Remember: every forum is a platform for the Left's agenda -- but it's a double standard if anyone oppose their marxist views... be very certain, Obama's Cult is busy with voter fraud. GO MITT!!
Hazel Wilkonson the First November 01, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Christie, it's OK. You can leave with those men in the white coats. They won't hurt you, they just want to take you t a place where you'll be safe. Go on now. Don't be afraid.
Perfect Pita November 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Guess you were wrong, huh. Spring tide, full moon, high tide, you're screwed.
Sheila Rosenthal November 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Guess you were wrong, huh. Spring tide, full moon, high tide, you're screwed.
Patti November 01, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Sandy was most definitely geared to most of the democratic states on the eastern seaboard and major damage here in Lakewood Ohio, Lake Erie had 30 foot waves crashing onto the highways, schools have been closed, 2 shelters had been set up, tree's and lines sprawled all over this city that is only 5 miles long. Was this intentionally built up to be this magnitude? Have you ever seen hurricanes veer left in which the last two had? Absolutely!! Check out HAARP.com, haarpstatus.com these will help you understand the mechanics of geo-engineering for our weather. As I looked through these pics of the damages I can actually see the HAARP rings, chem-trails/dumps, and the EMF waves. Long Island has one HAARP location that connects to the closest one in PA, OH, and many more including overseas. Alaska houses the original and it's massive!
Patti November 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
FEMA is not a friendly business it's a governmental gag set up comprising of camps.....
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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