Newsday's staff is filing live reports from the field on the latest Hurricane Irene development. Keep up to speed with us here.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26
6:30 p.m. Friday -- MANGANO ORDERS RESIDENTS OUT OF LOW-LYING AREAS
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano tells residents they must begin leaving areas south of Sunrise Highway from the Queens line to Rockville Centre, as well as low-lying and storm-surge areas of the North Shore.
5:30 p.m. -- HUNTINGTON BUS SERVICE TO RED CROSS SHELTER
The Town of Huntington, now under a state of emergency, will provide bus service Saturday to a Red Cross shelter at Walt Whitman High School. The buses will run from Asharoken Village Hall, the First Presbyterian Church in Northport, West Neck Beach and the Village Green Senior Center from noon to 6:30 p.m., thew town said.
5:20 p.m. -- N. HEMPSTEAD CALL CENTER OPEN
The Town of North Hempstead 311 Call Center is open now for information on where evacuations are being recommended . Dial 311 or 516-869-6311 (Town-311) from outside the town to speak to a representative.
5:03 p.m.-- Here's a list of the latest mandatory and recommended evacuation areas.
4:09 p.m. -- EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN BROOKHAVEN
Those communities include:
*Blue Point, south of Montauk Highway
*Patchogue, south of Main Street
*East Patchogue, south of Main Street east to the intersection
*Bellport, south of South Country Road
*Brookhaven hamlet, South of South Country Road
*Shirley, south of Golden Gate/ Neighborhood Road
*Mastic Beach village
*Moriches, south of Main Street
*Center Moriches, south of Main Street
*Cedar Beach Peninsula, Mt. Sinai
*East Moriches, south of East Moriches Blvd, Newport Beach Community
3 p.m. -- MANGANO TO BRIEF MEDIA
2:30 -- HOSPITAL EVACUATIONS
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore said that they were beginning evacuations based on the latest track of the storm. Meanwhile, Long Beach Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside said they were awaiting a decision by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on whether to evacuate.
1:45 p.m. -- SUFFOLK OFFICIALS TO BRIEF MEDIA; MORE EVACUATIONS EXPECTED
County Executive Steve Levy and Suffolk town supervisors will brief the media at 3 p.m. Low-lying flood prone areas on the South Shore – and some on the North Shore – are likely to begin with mandatory evacuations at 8 a.m. Saturday, according to a release. News 12 will carry the press conference live.
1:35 p.m. -- BAY SHORE LOWE'S FINALLY GETS GENERATORS
A truck full of portable generators finally got to the Lowe's in Bay Shore, appeasing some 150 customers who have been waiting to buy them since as early as 5 a.m. -- TC McCarthy
1:03 p.m. -- MANDATORY EVACUATIONS POSSIBLE IN SOUTH NASSAU
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that, in addition to a previous call for voluntary evacuations in the City of Long Beach, he is adding to Atlantic Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, Long Beach and Point Lookout to the list.
He said that if Hurricane Irene continues on its path, he may order mandatory evacuations later Friday or Saturday morning. “Residents of these communities should begin contacting friends and family for alternative sheltering locations that are North of Sunrise Highway and south of Route 25A,” he said in a release.
12:40 p.m. -- MANDATORY EVACUATION OF FIRE ISLAND AT 3 P.M.
Here's the full news release:
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and town supervisors Mark Lesko of Brookhaven and Phil Nolan of Islip Friday have upgraded evacuation status to “mandatory” for the population of barrier beach communities on western Fire Island, beginning 3 p.m. Friday.
The officials also said that mainland evacuations of low-lying, flood prone areas on the south shore – as well as some on the north shore – are likely to begin Saturday morning. (Further details will be released this afternoon.)
Under the mandatory evacuation, ferry service to the barrier beach communities will allow only homeowners over to Fire Island in order for them to secure their homes and properties. Ferry service is likely to end at 3-4 p.m. on Saturday – or sooner if conditions dictate – and residents are urged to plan accordingly.
Residents leaving Fire Island in need of shelter can report to the Brentwood High School, 1 Fifth Ave., or the Longwood High School, 100 Longwood Rd., in Middle Island. The Brentwood facility can also accommodate those with pets.
Additional shelter information will be made available as they are opened to accommodate possible mainland evacuations.
12:33 p.m. -- EVACUATION CENTER FOR PETS ON EAST END
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is making space for some temporary boarders this weekend should Hurricane Irene hit the East End.
The animal shelter and adoption center, at 90 Daniels Hole Rd., will serve as a pet evacuation center for East Hampton Town residents if the town declares a state of emergency.
ARF has room for about 50 dogs and 30 cats; pets will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
"It's an emergency shelter for animals, not people," said Jamie Berger, director of marketing and communications for ARF. "People would have to be willing to leave their pets."
ARF also reminds pet owners, "if your home is not safe for you to remain in, it's not safe for your pet."
ARF issued the following tips for pet owners in the event of an evacuation:
* Make sure your pet is wearing up to date ID.
* Include a cellphone number in case you need to evacuate. Ideally your animal should be microchipped. It’s the best form of identification if your animal gets lost.
* Photo of your pet with you or have a photo of your pet on your cellphone.
* Pet carrier or crate for each animal as well as a leash. Make sure the carriers are labeled with your information including your cellphone number.
* Ample supply of dry food and water.
* One week supply of medications, along with health and vaccinations records.
* Cat litter and litter box, plenty of plastic bags for pickup, piddle pads, and towels.
"These are things that should be prepared now," Berger said. "Not on a moment's notice." -- Erin Geismar
12:18 p.m. -- STATE PARKS TO CLOSE SATURDAY
State parks in the Long Island region will be closed Saturday at 5 p.m. until further notice, officials said Friday.
A news release said Hurricane Irene’s winds and storm surges pose potential harm to park visitors.
All four-wheel-drive fishing areas will be closed Friday at 5 p.m. Areas include Montauk Point, Camp Hero, Napeague, Hither Hills, Robert Moses and Gilgo state parks. Hither Hills and Wildwood State Parks campgrounds will be evacuated Friday at 6 p.m.
No boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched after 8 a.m. on Saturday.
12:11 p.m. -- BLUE CLAW CRAB FESTIVAL CANCELED
The Mastic Beach Property Owners Association has canceled this weekend's Blue Claw Crab Festival. In its place, the group is planning a crabcake dinner for Friday, Sept. 9,
at the Clubhouse, 31 Neighborhood Rd.
For further information, call 631-399-6111 or visit the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association at www.masticbeachpropertyownersassociation.org/home.html.
12:04 p.m. -- SUFFOLK EVACUATION PROGRAM FOR DISABLED
Suffolk County officials are urging residents to register with the Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Joint Emergency Evacuation Program, which provides shelter and transportation assistance for disabled individuals who have no other way to evacuate their homes in a natural disaster or emergency.
Residents must apply for the program. To get an application, call Fire Rescue and Emergency Services at 631-852-4900 or the Office for People with Disabilities at 631-853-8333 or 631-853-5658 (TTY)
11:52 a.m. -- DUCKS WEEKEND GAMES CANCELED
The Long Island Ducks have rescheduled their Saturday and Sunday games, the team said in a news release Friday.
Both games will be made up at the Bethpage Ballpark. Saturday’s game will be made up on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Gates will open at 5:35, “giving young fans the opportunity to cheer on the Ducks, but get home early enough to be well-rested for school the next day,” the team said in the release.
Sunday’s game will be made up Tuesday as part of a single-admission doubleheader, with both games slated for seven innings. The first game is 6:05 p.m. For more information, go to liducks.com or call 631-940-8499.
11:50 a.m. -- UPDATE ON NASSAU CLOSINGS, CANCELLATIONS
As Hurricane Irene churns its way toward the East Coast and up to Long Island, we’ll keep you updated on the latest emergency information, closures and reports from the field.
In preparation for Hurricane Irene, Nassau County has announced that all of its parks will close to the public beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday.
Nassau parks are scheduled to reopen on Monday.
The impending hurricane also led Nassau’s Office of Emergency Management to close all county senior centers Friday through Monday.
The Nassau County Civil Service Commission’s Police Officer Physical Fitness test, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Nassau Community College, has also been canceled, officials said. -- Robert Brodsky
11:35 a.m.: The Suffolk County website is back up.
10:50 a.m. -- MANGANO: PARKS TO CLOSE AT 10 P.M.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has taken to Twitter to provide updates to the public. Mangano, @edmangano, just tweeted: "We're closing all Nassau County Parks from 10 p.m. tonight until Monday."
10:30 a.m. -- LONG LINES AT LOWE'S
At Lowe's in Bay Shore, the waiting game for Hurricane Irene has turned into a wait for generators. Customers started lining up at 5 a.m. for generators, which are on the way to the store. They were told that the generators would be there by 6 a.m., but as of 10:30 a.m. about 150 people are still waiting in a roped-off line for the shipment to arrive. -- T.C. McCarthy
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday it is securing all cranes and other construction equipment at the site. It also is securing debris and smaller objects that could be blown off the building at 1 World Trade Center. Sandbags were being installed in areas that could be subject to flooding.
UPDATE: All crane work at the World Trade Center site will stop at 2 p.m. Saturday.
10:08 a.m. HAMPTON CLASSIC POSTPONED
The Hampton Classic Horse Show has postponed its start Sunday because of Hurricane Irene, a spokesman said in a news release Friday. The show will now start Wednesday.
Organizers are delaying the start because they need to take down the tents and horse stalls and reconstruct them after the storm, according to the release. Competition originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday and some competitions scheduled for Sunday’s opening day will be rescheduled for later in the week. Horses will be allowed onto the grounds starting Tuesday at noon. Vendors and boutiques may also begin setting up starting Tuesday at noon.
“Our conversations with the National Weather Service and the Town of Southampton’s head of emergency management have made it clear to us that we need to be prepared for hurricane-force winds,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, executive director of the Hampton Classic. “Therefore, in addition to keeping horses off the grounds until Tuesday, in the interest of safety, we now must take down the tents and stalls. We will put them back up on Monday and Tuesday morning and be prepared for horses to arrive starting Tuesday after 12 o'clock.
“On a positive note, the weather forecast for the rest of the week looks beautiful,” Barth Cohen said.
The ASPCA Adoption Day scheduled for Monday will not be held, but a virtual adoption day may be held later on the Hampton Classic website. The 36th annual horse show will run through Sept. 4, and will culminate with the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix.
First, here’s our main coverage, which includes a tracking map and prep tips. Right now, Irene is set to hit Long Island Sunday. A hurricane watch has been issued for New York City and Long Island.
Starting Saturday, the Fire Island Ferry will only take people away from Fire Island, not to it, the service said on its website. The first returning trip on the regular Saturday schedule will only carry passengers back to Bay Shore. No passengers will be carried from Bay Shore to Fire Island.
The service said it would decide Saturday when the last boat would return on Saturday. Ferry service will continue as normal Friday. For more information, check fireislandferries.com or call 665-3600, 631-666-3600, 631-665-2115 or 631-647-3743.