Rip currents, flooding remain the concern in Suffolk County

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Rip currents, flooding remain the concern in Suffolk County

For residents along the coastlines of Suffolk County, the threat from Hermine is still very real, and with another round of high-tide cycles coming Monday, some towns could see flooding.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone issued a state of emergency ahead of Hermine. However, while it appears that Suffolk County may have dodged the worst predicted impacts of the storm, the area remains on a storm surge watch,

There are still concerns on Fire Island with flooding and beach erosion, but the concerns about high sustained winds are not as severe as predicted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: An inaccurate message went out Saturday evening from a federal emergency management authority to some Suffolk County residents stating that all Suffolk County residents must evacuate.

That message was INCORRECT. A second message was sent out to clarify that a VOLUNTARY evacuation is in effect for Fire Island only. The Office of Emergency Management will re-evaluate the situation as the day progresses.

Hundreds leave #FireIsland ahead of high winds and heavy surf from #Hermine. Evacuations not mandatory.

— N. J. Burkett (@njburkett7) September 4, 2016

Nassau, County Executive Edward P. Mangano issued a Storm Surge Warning for residents living in flood prone areas and Tropical Storm Warning for all residents.

National Weather Service models indicate that flooding – similar to Hurricane Irene – will likely occur on Monday at high tide, Mangano said, possibly resulting in 2 to 4 feet of flood waters.

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