HAMPTON BAYS, NY (CBSNewYork) – Eastern Long Island may have avoided a hurricane, but residents are not out of the woods yet.
Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Henri, combined with high tide waves and dangerous return currents at Shinnecock Inlet, caused moderate flooding in eastern coastal communities. Dune Road has been closed, as has the Ponquogue Bridge.
“If this hit had been as planned, we would be underwater right now,” McLogan told Southampton Police Chief Steve Skrynecki.
“Well, there is a good possibility. We’ve definitely taken a break with the storm moving a bit further east and it’s moving quite quickly, which is also an advantage, ”Skrynecki said.
“We had northerly winds that pushed the surge. We are very lucky for that, ”said one driver.
“Still, be careful when they warn you because you never know when it will be,” added another.
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Residents of the North and South Forks rejoiced that the hurricane-force winds did not materialize, but added they were concerned about the potential for damaging power outages throughout the night, before the area hit the ground running. is completely clear.
“We’ll have to see what happens. I feel nervous, ”said one person.
On Sunday evening, the PSEG Long Island reported that just under 600 customers were without power.
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In Montauk, massive sea swells pounded the cliffs and rocky pier. All the boats were brought ashore. But Henri spared the tip of Long Island as the eye of the storm moved east. Great South Bay and Peconic Bay were closely watched.
The winds were gusty, but far from what the PSEG LI expected.
“We’re not there yet, but, again, we won’t know until he happens.” So any tipster could be wrong, ”one person said.
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A hardware store on Montauk Highway sold flashlights and batteries, and there was also a gasoline run.
“We saw a few brawls in the parking lot of the gas station,” said a local resident.
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As the flood watch was extended, the marine conditions were also dangerous, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Victor Canseco is a tourist from Key West, Florida.
“It’s just ironic that I live in Hurricane Alley and get up here and almost get caught in a hurricane. We dodged a bullet, ”Canseco said.
CBS2’s Cory James checks conditions elsewhere in Suffolk County
A little further west in Huntington, a man and a young boy took refuge under their umbrellas, watching county crews cross flooded roads and an officer nearby pasted an intersection that had become unsafe for drivers, Cory reported James from CBS2.
“The roads are pretty bad here,” said Marciano Cipriano.
Cipriano and his wife, Jennifer, are familiar with dangerous roads. They recorded a video in their truck showing how bad the conditions are for people who brave the storms.
“We ran to do some shopping, to get water, food. We could have done it yesterday, but unfortunately we were working, ”said Jennifer Cipriano.
But work was moving slowly for clerk Hamze Muhammad at a Shell gas station that didn’t see many customers. In fact, he said he does not serve any customers.
STORM DAMAGE: These two Long Island guys had to push their car off the road after coming to a stop as it drove through rising waters. The driver said he was just trying to get gas. Their message to people who want to leave at 5 @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/rB8NYJAye9
– Cory James (@CoryJamesTV) August 22, 2021
On Prime and New York avenues, three cars were seen stalled in the rising waters.
“When I opened my door, water entered my car,” said one person.
A car that two young men had to push off the road after the water receded. Their message to those considering going was to stay home.
Cory James of CBS2 contributed to this report.