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Suffolk County Executive Romaine Issues State of Emergency in Response to Forecasted Severe Weather

National Weather Service: Suffolk County Under a Flood Watch & High Wind Warning

HAUPPAUGE, NY--Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine today issued a state of emergency in preparation for the incoming storm system that is anticipated to impact the tri-state area. According to the National Weather Service, a flood watch and high wind warning are both in effect for Suffolk County from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.  
“I am issuing a State of Emergency for Suffolk County to ensure our residents are best prepared for the incoming severe weather,” said Romaine. “While the height of the storm is anticipated to impact the County during the evening and overnight hours, I strongly advise our residents to avoid travel as heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and potential flooding are all possible.”  
Forecasts indicate the potential for flooding in areas throughout the County as 2-4 inches of rainfall is projected to fall, with locally higher amounts possible.  
Coastal flooding is possible along the County’s shorelines as widespread moderate floods in usual areas are projected in conjunction with the Wednesday morning high tide cycle. In addition, flash flooding may be possible in poor drainage areas. 
The County additionally advises residents of strong to damaging wind potential. According to the National Weather Service, winds are forecasted at 40-50 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph expected. Wind damage could blow down trees and power lines, leading to potential power outages.  
Residents are advised to monitor weather forecasts and take the necessary precautions, which includes clearing storm drains on their properties, securing loose items in their yards, watching for tree limbs and not driving through flooded roadways.  
Suffolk County residents are advised to call 911 only in an emergency and to contact 311 during business hours for additional inquiries. For additional safety and emergency preparedness information, go to  

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