Here’s the latest on Hurricane Joaquin, which spent last night becoming a monster storm:
As of 2 a.m. Thursday, Joaquin was a Category 3 hurricane with wind speeds of 120 miles per hour and was heading southwest toward the central Bahamas. It is expected to intensify today as well. The storm is still expected to turn toward the northwest or north over the course of today and Friday, with landfall projections for the East Coast still possible Sunday evening into Monday, though today more projections put the storm’s path into the East Coast farther south of Long Island than yesterday’s projections. The storm is expected to bring 10-15 inches of rain to the Bahamas, along with a storm surge of two to four feet.
According to the National Weather Service’s 11 p.m. Wednesday report, “confidence in the details of the forecast after 72 hours remains low, since we have one normally excellent model that keeps Joaquin far away from the United States east coast. The range of possible outcomes is still large, and includes the possibility of a major hurricane landfall in the Carolinas. Because landfall, if it occurs, is still more than three days away, it’s too early to talk about specific wind, rain, or surge impacts from Joaquin in the United States. Regardless of Joaquin’s track, strong onshore winds will create minor to moderate coastal flooding along the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states through the weekend. A hurricane watch for a portion of the U.S. coast could be required as early as Thursday evening.
Meteorologists and computer forecast models are dealing with a complex interaction between several weather systems that are making this storm difficult to predict, including the cold front hanging out this week over our heads, the remains of Tropical Storm Ida and a bubble of high pressure over the northern Atlantic Ocean. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss the town’s 2016 budget and updates on EPCAL and Agricultural Advisory Committee legislation at a 9:30 a.m. work session this morning. The work session will break into a special meeting at 10 a.m. for Town Supervisor Sean Walter to present the 2016 budget. It is not likely to be a party. The full agenda for the work session is online here and the special meeting announcement is online here.
• Candidates for the offices of Southampton Town Supervisor, town council, trustees and Suffolk County Legislator will take questions from residents at the Speonk Remsenburg Civic Association Candidates Night tonight at the Remsenburg Elementary School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion begins at 7 p.m. More information is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board is slated to accept a bid from Baseline King Corporation for the installation an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) at the East Hampton Airport at their 6:30 p.m. meeting this evening. The board will also be accepting bids for a comfort station at Ditch Plains Beach through Oct. 15. They’ll be holding public hearings on a Community Preservation Fund acquisition and the town’s Section 8 housing plan. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will discuss speed limit study data for Noyac, Sebonac and North roads at their 10:30 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here. The town board is also holding a special meeting at noon to award a contract extension with DRC Emergency Services for disaster debris removal. The agenda for the special meeting is online here.
• This year is a banner year for the African American Film Festival in Southampton, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a program titled “Sing Your Song” at the Southampton Arts Center beginning tonight, with the East End premiere tonight of the stage play “Martin, Malcolm and Me” by J.D. Lawrence. The Beacon’s full story is online here. [$12-$35]
• Michael Disher’s stage production of “The Fantasticks” opens tonight at the Southampton Cultural Center, where it will run Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 18. “The Fantasticks” is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones that tells an allegorical story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. More information is online here. [$25]
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.