Threat to Long Island Remains High

Hurricane Sandy wind field
Hurricane Sandy is a huge and dangerous system with hurricane-force winds extending up to 105 miles from its center. National Hurricane Center

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.


Here is an interactive map

Here is an interactive map link that should always display the most recent wind speed forecast that NOAA has posted for Hurricane Sandy. The map is zoomed in a bit on the areas that will have the strongest winds. Click a color to see the forecast wind speed.

The map is displayed by the browser app Gmap4.

Below are two new interactive map links that should always display the most recent storm surge forecasts that NOAA has posted for Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane SANDY Storm Surge Forecast

Hurricane SANDY Storm Surge Probability