Threat to Long Island Remains High
As of Sunday morning, the expected path of Hurricane Sandy remains relatively unchanged. Maximum sustained winds are forecast to increase to 80 miles per hour, making it a moderate category-1 storm. Tropical storm-force winds will begin to be felt on the East End late today or tonight.
Monday's National Weather Service forecast for East Hampton is for rain and wind with gusts as high as 65 miles per hour. The wind will increase, with gusts to 70 miles per hour Monday night. The wind predictions are in line with that for 2011's Hurricane Irene, which was a smaller, less-powerful storm but knocked out electricity to some 500,000 customers on Long Island and caused catastrophic flooding inland.
It will remain windy on Tuesday, complicating clean-up efforts and power restoration.
The Town of East Hampton posted a notice on its Web site that it was monitoring the storm's program. An official update is due at mid-day Sunday.