A nor’easter may cause power outages when the storm brings strong winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding to Long Island on Saturday, forecasters and officials say.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said the forecast calls for gusts up to 50 mph, water inundating some waterfront roadways, and minor beach erosion. More than an inch of rain is expected, officials said.
“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,” Upton-based NWS meteorologists said in a wind advisory in effect for Nassau and Suffolk counties Saturday. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”
The first nor’easter of the season may bring the first blizzard of the season to New England more than two weeks before the winter solstice, AccuWeather News reported.
“Breaking waves of 3 to 5 feet could result in minor beach erosion, especially farther east,” NWS added in a coastal flood statement citing “wave action from strong northerly winds.”
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran issued a statement warning Long Islanders to prepare for possible power outages as a result of the storm.
“Residents are advised to secure all outdoor objects and avoid travel at that time, if possible,” Curran said.
Residents who lose power can report it to PSEGLI at 800-490-0075, by texting OUT to PSEGLI (773454), on the utility’s app, or online at www.psegliny.com/outages
“PSEG Long Island personnel worked tirelessly to restore power to all customers affected by the severe storm last weekend and are ready to respond again to the rain and high winds expected to hit Long Island,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission and Distribution at PSEG Long Island. “Our workforce is performing system checks and logistics checks to ensure the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies.”