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The Supervisor of the Town of Southampton is issuing a Coastal Hazard Advisory in light of the prevailing and predicted weather for the next two days. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal storm warning for all of Suffolk County including the Town of Southampton. Southampton Town residents should take necessary precautions in light of the predicted high winds, coastal flooding, and heavy rain.
The NWS has predicted extreme damaging winds with gusts of 50 to 70 mph on Eastern Long Island thorough out tonight. These winds are capable of downing or damaging trees or power lines and will make travel difficult for high profile vehicles.
Minor to moderate coastal flooding has been predicted along the shorelines and low lying areas adjacent to the shoreline of the Peconic Bays, South Shore Bays, and Atlantic Ocean areas of Southampton Town. Storm surges of up to 3 ½ feet above the normal high tide are predicted. This can raise water elevations to as much as 7 feet above sea level. The NWS predicts coastal storm Riley to persist through Sunday, thus there will be at least two more high tides in the coastal area during the storm. Residents in low lying areas should take necessary precautions including evacuation if necessary.
Heavy rains associated with coastal storm Riley may accumulate up to 4 inches. Storm water runoff associated with these heavy rains may create localized flooding in areas of poor drainage, even in areas farther from the shoreline. Residents should exercise extreme caution when transiting through these flooded areas.
The magnitude of coastal flooding will depend on the specific storm track over the next 24 hours. Therefore, residents should stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest changes and advisories.
The winter storm pounded some coastal areas in Southampton Town causing closures of seven roads. The water is starting to recede but during high tides, Southampton Town Police closed large sections of Dune Road, Sebonac Inlet Road from Whites Lane to the National Golf Course, Shrubland Road in the vicinity of the boat ramp, Cold Spring Harbor Road, Towd Point Road north of the bridge, Long Neck Boulevard north by Peconic Bay and Royal Road by Peconic Bay. The roads are being re-opened as the water recedes.
The Town also experienced several power outages from down tree limbs on wires. Officials are bracing for possible strong gusty winds later today and tonight. Police will be watching the next high tides, 6:30pm in Flanders and 8pm at Shinnecock Inlet for more possible flooding.
Residents are asked to stay indoors and notify the proper authorities for any downed wires.
Southampton Town Police: 631-728-5000 or