Mayor: Nor'easter Concerning, But No Evacuations Needed

Mayor Paul Pontieri says storm currently hitting the area could take its toll on homes already beat up from Sandy.

With a Nor'easter bearing down on the area packing wind gusts of up to 60 mph, Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri told Patch Wednesday that while officials have concerns over the storm and will monitor the tides, there is no need for anyone to evacuate from their homes at this time.

"I don't suspect that the tides will be that bad," Pontieri said, although the mayor clearly wasn't thrilled with another big storm rolling through just a week after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the area.  

"People are still recovering from the last mess and now all of a sudden you have this on top of it," he said. 

The storm could take its toll on already leaky roofs and shingles and flooding may an issue for a couple of restaurants on the river, such as The Oar, Pontieri said.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 1 p.m. to Thursday 4 a.m. A Coastal Flooding Warning is also in effect unil 6 a.m. Thursday. 

"Widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or basements will hamper recovery efforts," the NWS said, referring to clean up from Sandy. 

Thousands are still without power in the area and LIPA has warned that the Nor'easter "could cause additional damage in our area, resulting in additional power outages."



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