With Long Island largely out of the storm's path, predictions of wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour did not materialize. Instead, Long Islanders were greeted by 50 mph gusts on the East End and lesser gusts in Nassau County on Tuesday.
It might not have taken the path forecasters expected, but post-tropical storm Hermine finally made its presence felt Tuesday on Long Island, spawning strong wind gusts, coastal flooding and some power outages. Wind gusts of 35-50 miles per hour were recorded on LI Tuesday morning and there were reports of downed trees and hundreds without power. Coastal flooding was also reported in some areas. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Suffolk County but was lifted Monday in Nassau County.
Hermine appears to have spared Long Island from widely expected storm damage over Labor Day weekend, but the anticipation was enough to ruin revelers’ plans for the unofficial end of beach season. The National Weather Service (NWS) lifted the tropical storm warning for Nassau County on Monday, but it remained in effect for Suffolk County as the storm churned up the Atlantic about 300 miles southeast of Montauk.
Hermine will still be far south of the Island by Monday but the storm’s bands will start battering the shore in the afternoon. Even so, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Upton said Long Islanders will begin to feel the effects of the storm mid-day Sunday in the form of storm surges up to four feet along the coast.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tropical storm warning for Long Island and the tristate area Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine loomed in the Atlantic Ocean just south of the region.
Rain, gusty winds and strong surf are likely on Long Island over Labor Day weekend thanks to Hurricane Hermine, forecasters said. Uncertainty remains over the exact timing and potential local impact of the storm, which may pass south of Long Island, but the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a hazardous weather outlook Thursday for the New York Metro area, warning that Hermine may impact the region with heavy rain and strong winds over the holiday weekend.