Nassau County Exec Mangano has gone off his rocker and is doing his best “freak out the Island” move by basically saying an evacuation will be ordered for the barrier beach. Because I like to be a contrarian to almost everything. I will respectfully disagree and say he may be jumping the gun on that.
First: Newsday, among others, is reporting that most of LI will see around 6-8 inches of rain. During the rainpocalypse that came down two Sundays ago, we got 11 inches in half that time. No evacuation needed.
Second: Winds. Most sources are saying winds will be around 65MPH with much higher gusts. That is in line with our traditionally severe Nor Easters. An especially bad one did plenty of damage around St. Patrick’s Day in 2010 if anyone else remembers it.
So yes, we are going to get a wicked storm, basements across town WILL be flooded, and the City will be a mess. We will likely lose power (what else is new), there will be road closures, and their may be a drop in other services. Is this Katrina of Long Island? Doubtful. I’m just suggesting they may be jumping the gun a tad. The storm could certainly weaken, but it could also strengthen. I agree though, preparedness is a good thing.
Don’t get me wrong. Hurricane Irene is coming. If they order an evacuation, you stay at your own risk. If you stay behind, don’t complain when you’re stuck without power for days or the cops don’t arrive to whisk you away when your windows start flapping. With that, I’m going to go prepare my Ark.