Officials Advise Evacuation of Fire Island by 6 PM

Officials are advising Fire Island residents to evacuate by 6 PM as surges from Tropical Storm Hermine may threaten the coastal community.

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Post-Tropical Storm Hermine has the potential to produce storm surges that have the potential to flood coastal communities.

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Islip, NY - September 4, 2016 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced that a 6:00 p.m. deadline has been set for the voluntary evacuation of Fire Island ahead of what is now considered post-Tropical Storm Hermine. Officials are closely monitoring the storm, which is expected to produce storm surges that could result in coastal flooding. Residents and guests on Fire Island will not be able to evacuate once conditions deteriorate and ferries cease operating.

“We understand that Labor Day weekend is an important event for many tourists, families, and local businesses, but we have a responsibility to make the public aware of the dangers posed by this storm,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

Weather conditions will make emergency response extremely difficult for anyone in need of assistance while on Fire Island. Wind gusts are expected up to 44 mph, and coastal residents should expect extreme high tides. All Town pools and beaches will remain closed until further notice.

Families across Islip Town are encouraged to review their preparations and be ready for the possible adverse effects of this storm including loss of power, downed tree limbs and flooding. For more information on how to prepare your family for a storm, visit www.islipny.gov.