Brittany ComakMar 1, 2018, 10:30 pmMar 1, 2018, 10:37 pm

Significant flooding expected in Suffolk during nor’easter

Essential tips for staying safe during the storm


SUFFOLK COUNTY, L.I. — As the Nor’easter approaches Long Island, power outages created by flood waters as well as downed power lines and trees have become a source of concern for residents.

Both PSEG LI and National Grid say they are expecting significant flooding on the South Shore. They are advising customers to practice normal storm safety in preparation by charging their phones, having extra batteries on hand, gassing up their cars, and having an evacuation plan.

"We just encourage our customers to be very aware of flood waters as they come into the street, and certainly any kind of flooding coming into their homes and appliance safety," said Lee Westerlind of National Grid.

For gas line safety, National Grid says you should be monitoring any issues using your senses. If you see bubbling in storm waters near your home, smell rotten eggs, or hear a hissing sound, make sure to call National Grid or 911.

PSEG LI officials suggest that residents stay away from downed power lines, as winds are expected to gust up to 55 mph.

"It really is going to impact really the whole island, and a little bit worse out east. We're seeing forecasts for higher winds in Suffolk County so we're expecting a little bit more outage activity out east," said John O'Connell of PSEG LI.

The main concern with this storm will be flooding, but according to County Executive Steve Bellone, the county is prepared.

"We're preparing a number of our high axle vehicles that can traverse the flood waters that can make their way through in some of those low lying areas if there's a need to do any rescues," he said.

The Suffolk County Emergency Operations Center in Yaphank will also be open starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

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