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Riverhead Town urges preparedness ahead of potential hurricane

Riverhead Town officials are urging residents to prepare as the National Hurricane Center is tracking a potential hurricane.

Tropical Storm Florence is predicted to develop into a hurricane by Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Current forecasts indicate the storm is tracking westward toward the Carolinas.

As of Saturday afternoon, Tropical Storm Florence is over the Atlantic Ocean— roughly 1,500 miles from the coast — with sustained winds of 65 mph. The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Saturday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Riverhead Town officials are cautioning residents to pay attention to storm developments as it continues to track westward. Residents are encouraged to take time over the weekend to figure out an emergency plan and to pack an emergency bag in case they need to leave their homes.

Officials also asked residents to check their property and secure all items that could be subject to strong winds.

More information is available by calling the Town’s emergency preparedness hotline at 631-727-3200 ext. 767 (SOS). In case of an emergency call the Riverhead Police Department at 911.  For non-emergency calls, use 631-727-4500.

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