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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Long Beach declares snow emergency
Blizzard 'Nemo' expected to bring heavy snow and moderate flooding
Anthony Rifilato
Courtesy Keith Collins/Facebook
The city has constructed sand barriers along the beach to protect during winter storms in the aftermath of Sandy.

Long Beach, a city still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, declared a snow emergency effective Friday at 6 a.m., when a monster blizzard is expected to hit the northeast and deliver more than a foot of snow in some areas and coastal flooding along the South Shore.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for all of Long Island beginning 6 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. on Saturday, with 50-mph wind gusts and snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches. The strongest winds and heaviest snow will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning. Heavy snow and winds will make for dangerous driving conditions with visibilities near zero in white-out conditions. In addition, some tree limbs will be downed, causing scattered power outages.

The National Weather Service has also issued a coastal flood warning for Nassau County, with moderate coastal flooding during high tide between 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, with the agency reporting waves of 9-feet or more.

The National Weather Service said that there is the potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and basements due to the height of the storm tide and possible wave action, saying that there could be some structural damage to areas along ocean-facing beaches.

The storm and flooding is not expected to be as severe as Sandy, which delivered a 13- to 14-foot surge and battered Long Beach. Still, the National Weather Service is warning residents to be "be alert for rising water" and take appropriate action. City crews have constructed sand barriers along the beach to protect the city during winter storms in the aftermath of Sandy.

City officials, meanwhile, are instructing residents to remove their vehicles from designated snow-removal routes. According to the city, even as the Long Beach recovers from Hurricane Sandy, street main­tenance crews "are fully prepared" for winter storms, with snow removal vehicles and salt and sand spreaders ready to go when snow starts to fall. The city’s Department of Public Works, it said, has a "thorough snow emergency response plan in place." Plowing in the city will begin when 3-inches of snow has accumulated.

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