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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

National Grid Takes Front Seat Preparing LIPA System for Winter Storm “Nemo”

Long Islander's who suffered from power outage during Superstorm Sandy learned a thing or two. Expectations are the handling of power outage from Winter Storm Nemo will also be handled differently with National Grid taking ...

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The mishandling of the power outage situation on Long Island during Superstorm Sandy still remains clear on many people’s mind. As another big storm – Winter Storm Nemo – arrives to Long Island, fears are that there will be electrical outages again. The difference this time is National Grid is taking charge.

Since LIPA’s start in 1998, this is the first time it is handing over authority. LIPA is deferring storm operations and response to National Grid.

Winter Storm Nemo is expected to bring heavy rain, snow, localized flooding and damaging winds with the potential to reach 60 mph to Long Island. According to LIPA, Nemo can cause electrical outrages for over 100,000 customers on Long Island. However, expectations are that most customers losing power from the storm will have it restored within 24 hours.

National Grid is taking advance steps, including securing extra line crews and tree trimmers, pre-stocking locations with materials, such as wires, transformers and restoration equipment, adding call center personnel for extended coverage and contacting local municipalities to convey plans for coordinated tree and debris removal activities.

National Grid is also ensuring everyone is being alerted of the storm’s progress with around-the-clock monitoring and outreach via phone calls, media alerts, email blasts, press conferences and public service announcements via local radio stations. LIPA’s website also offers updated information.

Customers faced with power outages can contact National Grid through the LIPA hotline at (800) 490-0075 or at (631) 755-6900. To report via text messaging, text OUT to myLIPA (695472) - pre-registration is required.

The Long Island Power Authority’s Storm Central website is also offering storm safety and preparedness tips and an informational video and guidance.