Friday, September 3, 2010

Hurricane Earl Update: Earl Now a Category 1, Nassau Watch Discontinued

Hurricane Earl is now a Category 1 storm, and the tropical storm watch for Nassau County has been discontinued. A tropical storm warning still remains in effect for Suffolk.

Earl’s maximum sustained winds are now at 85 mph. The storm’s speed has increased, and is now moving north northeast at 21 mph. It is expected to pass between 100 and 200 miles southeast of Montauk late Friday. According to the National Weather Service, Suffolk County could have winds up to 60 mph.

Forecasters also predict heavy rain, and waves that could be as high as 12 feet. The National Weather Service expects substantial beach erosion with washovers possible, especially along the south shore.

Beaches throughout Nassau and Suffolk are closed due to the dangerous conditions of the ocean. The beaches in Nassau that are closed are the Village of Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Nickerson Beach, Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Lido West, Mailbu, East Atlantic Beach, Jones Beach and Tobay. The following Suffolk County Parks have been impacted by the hurricane:

West Hills, Huntington: Full operations open (youth group camping, dog run, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, etc.)

Blydenburgh, Smithtown: Camping closed due to West Nile Virus positively sampling. Rest of park open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (dog run, picnics, hiking, historic area, rowboating)

Cathedral Pines, Middle Island: Full operations open (camping, biking, hiking, picnics, etc.)

Southaven, Brookhaven: Camping closed (West Nile Virus). Rest of park open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (picnics, hiking, rowboats, etc.)

Smith Point, Shirley: Outer beach closed for camping and day trips. Bathing beach closed. Open for camping (inland)

Gardiner County Park, West Bay Shore open daily for hiking/walking until dusk. Closed after 6:00 pm (West Nile)

Sears Bellows, Hampton Bays: Full operations open (camping, rowboats, fishing, picnics, etc.)

Indian Island, Riverhead: Full operations open (camping, hiking, fishing, picnics, etc.) – Site to be monitored for possible closure tomorrow.

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