Southampton evacuation warnings issued … again

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Flooding on Bay Avenue in Flanders during Hurricane Sandy last Monday.

Southampton Town has advised residents in low-lying or coastal areas to evacuate due to a nor’easter set to strike the East End Wednesday evening with high winds and additional flooding.

Volunteers with the Riverhead Fire Department are going door-to-door to issue the warning to Flanders residents, said RFD press officer Bill Sanok.

“You’d rather be on the cautious side,” he said of what fire officials are telling people in Flanders. “If you have access to the transportation, go to shelter.”

Residents of Southampton Town along the south shore of Long Island are also being advised to seek higher ground.

Southampton police said the town will likely open up shelters if the storm is severe enough.

Current forecasts show the storm will bring 45-60 mph gusts Wednesday afternoon through the night, along with coastal flooding, especially along Long Island Sound and the south shore. The storm is expected to weaken Thursday evening into Friday, weather officials said.

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