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Hazardous Weather, Flooding Possible For Weekend

Heavy rains, with the potential to cause beach erosion, could hit the region over the weekend and into early next week.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Atlantic coastal waters that could affect the entire Long Island area, including the East End, from Thursday through Tuesday.

While hazardous weather is not expected today, heavy rains and flooding that could cause beach erosion could impact the area over the weekend and through Tuesday, according to David Stark, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Upton.

According to the NWS, there is a low potential for a major coastal storm with heavy rainfall, high winds, coastal flooding and beach erosion early next week.

Whether or not the Long Island area will be affected will ultimately depend on the eventual track and evolution of Tropical Cyclone Sandy as it interacts with a deepening upper level low pressure system approaching the East Coast; the storm may just move out to sea and have little impact on the area weather.

"We're just highlighting the potential for some sort of storm system to affect our area this weekend and later next week," Stark said. "We're still looking quite a ways to the future and we don't know what track the potential system may have. It's a complicated situation right now and our forecast confidence is low as to what might happen."

The goal, Stark said, is to make residents aware of the possibility of hazardous weather this weekend and early next week. "Right now, there is no certainty as to what could happen. It's really too early to get into specifics, other than we do see potential," he said.

leslie October 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Hopefully we can have a HURRICAN PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eastend50 October 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Remember the famous Halloween Storm, AKA The Perfect Storm back in 1991? I think this one is scheduled for this Monday or Tuesday however.
SadderBudweiser October 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Time for those idiot weather people to play "let's see how long I can stand outside in the hurricane."
Bill Graham October 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
""East Coast taps into the large reservoir of cold air over Canada and pulls down a significant amount of Arctic air, as predicted, the potential exists for the unusually moist air from Sandy to collide with this cold air from Canada and unleash the heaviest October rains ever recorded in the Northeast U.S. Another huge concern is storm surge flooding. Sandy is expected to have tropical storm-force winds that extend out more than 300 miles from the center, which will drive a much larger storm surge than its winds would ordinarily suggest. The full moon is on Monday, which means astronomical tides will be at their peak for the month, increasing potential storm surge flooding."Potential billion dollar storm event for Mid Atlantic, New England and Canada""
Shrinkgirl October 25, 2012 at 01:09 AM
yes that was a great storm. I remember that the kids were released from school as the water rose over Pussy's Pond. We all went home and hunkered down and laughed.. We took care of each other's kids and we drove down to Louse Pt and Maidstone and we jumped over piles of water and we felt no fear. Everything has changed. Now we anticipate weather as a catastrophic event. We are isolated and suspicious.

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