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Fire Island urged to evacuate as Long Island preps for Henri’s onslaught

Suffolk County, including the Hamptons, battened down Saturday for the likelihood of a direct hit from Hurricane Henri, as people rushed to stock up in supermarkets, anxious summertime revelers streamed out of the East Conclusion and officers issued a voluntary evacuation order for Hearth Island.

“We are urging residents and guests of Fire Island to appear off the island, to leave Fire Island currently for their personal protection,” Suffolk County Govt Steve Bellone claimed all through a push meeting at the Bay Shore afternoon

Bellone famous that there is a query about no matter whether Henri will continue being a hurricane or be downgraded to a tropical storm when it reaches Very long Island sometime Sunday.

The storm was upgraded to a Classification 1 hurricane Saturday morning.

“Whether it is a Cat 1 hurricane or a tropical storm, this storm is substantial and likely dangerous,” he said, noting that 650,000 energy outages resulted past summer season from Tropical Storm Isiais, which was not a direct strike.

Surfers flock to the beach front as wave heights elevate in advance of Hurricane Henri on Aug. 21, 2021 in Lido Beach, New York.
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The most likely fatal storm surge Henri is bringing is a significant concern.

Blue Stage contractor Bob Votino wasn’t losing time.

“I’m apprehensive,” explained Votino, 38, as he worked to pull his 28.3 foot paddle cruiser out of the drinking water at the Westhampton Beach front Marina Saturday morning. “The hurricane is monitoring proper around Westhampton so I’m acquiring [the boat] out.”

Steve Johnson, 39, a mate, who lives in Bayport and was assisting Votino hook the boat up to his pickup truck, reported Lengthy Islanders in general are using the storm warnings very seriously.

“Yesterday there have been strains at gas stations and supermarkets,” he said. “People are nervous and stocking up on necessities like drinking water, milk and bread — plenty of to get by means of a few of days.”

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Officers issued a voluntary evacuation buy for Fire Island.
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An staff at the Lidl grocery store in Westhampton Beach informed the Put up the retailer offered a week’s well worth of water in a working day on Friday.

Energy outages are a further massive be concerned.

Leanne Plum, 52, and her partner Eric, 58, missing energy for 6 days next 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, which traveled a equivalent route north alongside the U.S. shoreline prior to slamming into New Jersey.

“We are acquiring the fundamental principles like ice, gas, milk, eggs and barbecue fluid so we can basically ride out the storm,” mentioned Plum, a hairdresser who lives with her husband, who performs for Southampton City Police, in East Quogue.

“We’re checking the predicament,” mentioned Westhampton Seaside Hearth Main Mauro di Benedetto. “Our engines are prepped and ready to go and we have a standby crew and drinking water truck. We’ll see what the storm delivers.”

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