Updated: 10:06 a.m. Hurricane Henri was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday morning, with winds of 39 to 57 mph expected for the Huntington area.
A storm surge warning remains in effect for the shoreline.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved aid for New York State in several counties, including Suffolk and Nassau.
PSEG-LI reported a handful of power failures in Huntington. The storm began turning east over night, hitting Montauk and the Hamptons Sunday morning. A flood watch remains in effect for the area until Monday, with a total of new rainfall between 2 and 3 inches possible.
- The utility said 1,812 of its approximately 1.1 million customers are currently without service.
- As of 10 a.m., it has restored power to more than 1,035 customers since midnight.
Updated: 5:04 p.m. Henri was upgraded to a hurricane Saturday morning and is expected to hit Long Island Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
Northwest Suffolk is under a hurricane and a storm surge warning, with the effects of Henri expected to hit hardest on the East End. Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding, and a flood watch is in effect until Monday morning. Check for storm surge information. Report public safety or traffic safety issues 24/7 to 631-351-3234 or online at huntingtonny.gov/at-your-service
The storm is expected to arrive about 5 a.m. Sunday and continue throughout the day.
In Huntington, drivers rushed to gas stations to fill up their vehicle tanks and gas cans. One woman awaiting service at a station on East Jericho Turnpike said she had tried to buy gas at four other stations. Another woman said she was told at a station in Commack that only premium gas was available and said the station shut down right after her purchase.
In one of his final acts as chief executive, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in multiple counties, including Suffolk and Nassau, Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Broome, Chenango, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Albany, Montgomery, Schenectady, Saratoga, and contiguous counties.
Cuomo activated 500 National Guard troops for deployment to Long Island and the Hudson Valley region to help with storm response efforts, including 11 high axle trucks and 14 military Humvees.
PSEG-LI continued to issue warnings about possible outages because of the heavy rain and high winds that could reach 50 to 60 mph in western areas of the storm. “Given the potential intensity of the storm, the damage may be severe and some outages may last up to seven to 10 days; however, if the forecast continues to strengthen and the storm moves farther west, restoration could take up to 14 days,” said Michael Sullivan, senior director of transmission and distribution at PSEG Long Island. “We are prepared for hurricane force winds and are informing customers to help set expectations about the storm’s potential so that they can also prepare.”
Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci said Saturday that town facilities such as the Dix Hills Pool, the Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park, skate parks, and the Senior Beach House will all be closed Sunday. Residents are asked to report public safety or traffic safety issues 24/7 to 631-351-3234 or online at huntingtonny.gov/at-your-service
To report downed trees, flooding or other road problems, call the town Highway Department at 631-499 0444, send an email to [email protected] or go online and fill out a form at huntingtonny.gov/highway
- The Huntington Assembly of God is moving Sunday services online.
- The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society canceled tours that were booked for Sunday.
- The Huntington Public Library will be closed Sunday.
Downed Power Line, call PSEG: 1-800-490-0075
Text PSEG-IL to report outages, at 773454
Gas leak to National Grid, call: 1-800-490-0045
PSEG’s outage map: https://mypowermap.psegliny.com