According to the latest updates from the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias is tracking west of Long Island. It is predicted to have its heaviest impact in the Hudson Valley area as it moves north. Long Island will still get heavy rains, strong gusting winds of up to 35 to 40 mph and a storm surge of up to 2 feet. The strongest part of the storm is expected to hit the metro area beginning 11 a.m. Local flooding is possible this afternoon and into the evening.
To avoid flood damage to cars, Mayor Benjamin Weinstock and the Village Board welcome all of our residents in the low-lying areas to park their vehicles behind Village Hall. Please make sure to leave a note on the dashboard, stating your name and address and “PARKED DUE TO POSSIBLE FLOODING CONDITIONS”.
Please be cautious and remember:
- In an EMERGENCY, call 911. For fire and medical emergencies only, you can also call the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department at 516-569-4411.
- Avoid unnecessary outdoor activities. Falling tree limbs and other wind-blown debris can cause serious injuries or death. The safest place to weather the storm is indoors.
- Remove any loose objects outside, such as lawn furniture, planters, portable BBQ’s and empty garbage cans, to a safer location or secure them.
- If you lose power call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Emergency number: 1-800-490-0075 or text “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454).
- Any downed wire should be treated as though it is a live wire. Therefore, do not approach or drive over it, or touch anything it’s contacting.
- Report a downed wire immediately to 911 or call PSEG at 1-800-490-0075. Do not text or email PSEG for downed wires. Doing that only slows down the response.
- For downed trees or obstacles blocking the road, call the Village at 516-295-5770. We will keep the phone line staffed until the storm passes.
- Charge all smartphones before the storm.
- Prepare flashlights and batteries in case you lose power. Avoid using candles for light, but if you must, never leave them unattended.
- NEVER run gas powered generators indoors. The exhaust fumes are toxic. Generators should only be operated outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- Freeze water in plastic bottles or Ziploc bags. Filling all unused space in your freezer this way will help keep food from spoiling if you lose power.