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Tropical storm conditions possible Friday as hurricane passes to east

09/03/2019 10:02 AM |

The East End may receive a glancing blow later this week from the outer edge of the deadly hurricane that has been stalled over the Bahamas and threatening the east coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook, warning of tropical storm conditions possible Friday into Friday night. The center of Hurricane Dorian is on track to pass “well south and east.” However, wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and locally heavy rain are still possible.

The slow-moving storm is expected to gain speed early Thursday morning once it’s off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. The center of the storm should stay over water as it tracks up the East Coast.

The storm is currently a Category 3, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days. It had reached the maximum Category 5 status as it pummeled the Bahamas.

On Monday afternoon, residents were startled when a tornado warning was issued for areas in Manorville and Calverton. The NWS confirmed Tuesday that an EF0 tornado touched down in Manorville with estimated peak wins of 85 mph. The tornado warning went into effect shortly after 4:30 p.m. and was lifted at 4:56 p.m.

“The tornado traveled 1.6 miles before lifting and leaving behind a path of damage,” the NWS said.

The tornado touched down on Dayton Avenue, then continued northeast through the south end of Rosewood Street and then across its intersecting cross street of South Street. The tornado crossed the LIE near Exit 69 while lifting just before reaching Riverhead Town.

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