By Mike Busch
Fire Island and the South Shore are under a Blizzard Warning effective until Midnight tomorrow. The models have moved the storm north and west from yesterday, introducing a better chance of rain or sleet to keep totals down. However this also brings our area into the shield of stronger winds and raises the chances for coastal flooding. Over the waters expect gale and storm force winds out of the northeast.
The main concern for Fire Island and properties on the Great South Bay will be Tuesday morning’s high tide cycle which will be higher than normal due to the recent full moon.
Fire Island Ferries has suspended passenger service tomorrow and Wednesday. Check their site for updates.
From the National Weather Service:
...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 2 PM EDT TUESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 2 PM EDT TUESDAY. THE COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * LOCATIONS...ALONG THE SOUTH BAYS OF WESTERN LONG ISLAND AND ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHFRONT. * TIDAL DEPARTURES...2 1/2 TO 3 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES TUESDAY MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. * TIMING...MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED AROUND THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE TUESDAY MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. * COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF VULNERABLE WATERFRONT AND SHORELINE ROADS AND ADJACENT PROPERTIES DUE TO HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE AND WAVE ACTION. INUNDATION OF 1 TO 2 FT IN THE LOWEST LYING SPOTS. NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES MAY BE NEEDED. * BEACH EROSION IMPACTS...ELEVATED WATER LEVELS AND HIGH SURF OF 6 TO 10 FT ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE BEACH EROSION ALONG THE ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHFRONT ON TUESDAY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RISING WATER...AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.