Rockville Centre mayor declares state of emergency in village and school district to close a second day

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The Swift911 email also provides residents with a hurricane safety checklist and a site with tips on emergency preparedness. The village sent an additional message out on Sunday night, informing residents of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's decision to issue a mandatory evacuation of all residences south of Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.

"Residents who live south of Merrick Road are advised to seek shelter with family or friends who live north of Merrick Road," the message read. "If you cannot find shelter with family or friends, Nassau County has established public shelters. Information about those County shelters is available on the Rockville Centre website,"

The message added that the Hurricane is expected to reach its peak force around 3 p.m. on Monday and that hurricane force winds could then continue for as long as the next 12 to 15 hours.

 "If the hurricane is as bad as is being predicted, areas of Rockville Centre could experience power outages lasting five to seven days or longer," the message read. "Because of the likelihood of major disruptions, all sanitation pick-ups on Monday and Tuesday, including recyclables, have been suspended. Repeat: there will be no sanitation service for trash or recyclables on Monday, Oct. 29 or on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The normal sanitation schedule will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 31."

Residents with non-emergency police matters should dial 766-1500 and 766-5800 to report electrical outages, downed wires or downed poles.

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