The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning and a Coastal Flood Advisory for our area until Thursday morning as a powerful nor'easter takes aim at the entire northeast United States.
The NWS issued the High Wind Warning earlier this morning due to forecasted winds of 30 to 40 mph and packing gusts that could go as high as 65 mph – similar to tropical storm force winds.
"Winds of this magnitude will likely down trees and tree limbs," the NWS said in its warning statement. "Power outages are possible. Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult."
The statement goes on to note that holiday decorations could go airborne and cause minor damage if unsecured.
The NWS also issued a Coastal Flood Advisory as higher than normal waves will slam the southern bay-facing shorelines.
The advisory forecasts tidal departures of 2 to 5 feet above normal and warns against more beach erosion, especially with many dunes still not repaired or replaced following Hurricane Sandy. Wave departures forecasted in Lindenhurst are expected to be 3 to 3.5 feet above normal.
The flood advisory is in effect during the peak hours of the storm tonight: 6 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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