A coastal storm on Wednesday is forecast to bring high winds and coastal flooding to the already damaged area.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Long Island, warning that a significant coastal storm is headed for the area mid-week. While the track is still unclear, experts said that there is a growing certainty about the weather conditions.
“Either way we’re going to see strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding and about one to two inches of rain,” National Weather Service meteorologist Lauren Nash said.
Nash said that Long Island could see winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 45 to 60 mph. The storm is expected to start up Wednesday morning and peak Wednesday night before tapering off Thursday.
Even though the storm is significantly weaker than Sandy and the shores should only see about two to four foot surges, any loose limbs or power lines could add to the widespread power outages and devastation, Nash warned.
“The south shore is not in very good shape, so even just a little coastal flooding will hurt recovery efforts,” she said.
In addition to the storm, the NWS also said that temperatures for Monday through Sunday nights are expected to drop into the 20s and 30s, and those without power should plan accordingly.