What if a hurricane hits Long Island?

September 1, 2008 3:14:42 PM PDT
There are many experts who say our area is long overdue for a powerful hurricane. So what would happen? Would we see massive evacuations like in the gulf? Or would people here, known for their skepticism, decide to stay put? The tri-state is already seeing effects of hurricane Hanna.

The surf is larger than normal at Robert Moses State Park.

In fact, earlier Monday morning the beach was closed because of high tides.

A concerned Vince Mason doesn't really want to think about, living along the water in Freeport.

Sitting on Long Island's south shore, it is a possibility, that a hurricane could hit there.

Storm surges could force some residents to evacuate heading toward the inner island, some possibly leaving it all together.

Nearly two million people along the gulf coast were leaving, jamming roads for hours, all made to head in one direction as they evacuated the onslaught of hurricane Gustav.

Since the last category one hurricane Gloria hit Long Island back in 1985, causing widespread damage both Nassau and Suffolk counties each outline extensive hurricane readiness plans on their websites.

Along with evacuation zones and routes.

Emergency officials like Frank Cassano with the American red cross in Nassau county hope people would not be complacent.

Evacuation routes are marked on a number of island highways, some leading to 45 shelters in both counties.

There's one at Nassau County Community College. In all Red Cross officials say they can shelter about 70,000 people if necessary.

A stockpile of supplies and food for several days are also on hand.

When you live along the water, like in Freeport, you have to think about these possibilities.

For more on the plans for a hurricane in Suffolk County, go to http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/Home/departments/firerescue/Office%20of%20Emergency%20Management/Hurricane%20Planning%20and%20Preparation.aspx

For more on the plans in Nassau County, go to http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/hurricane/prepare.html

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer
WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin

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