More wet weather is expected through the weekend, meteorologists said.
Local officials issued warnings as the storm reached major hurricane status.
Either way, rough seas are forecast to kick up rip currents that can be dangerous to swimmers.
“It does take a village to help a community rebuild."
The road opened last June after it was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The storm was blamed for around 60 deaths on LI.
“Hurricane Sandy and Irene should erase any doubt that Long Island is not vulnerable to coastal storms."