Good Morning!

We’re expecting rain today, mainly after 4 p.m., with a high temperature near 49 degrees and a light east wind increasing to 9 to 14 miles per hour in the morning, gusting as high as 24 mph. Rain and wind will pick up overnight, with an east wind 25 to 30 miles per hour after midnight, gusting as high as 50 with new precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. The rain will continue well into Friday, with a high near 55 by 10 a.m., then falling to around 35 for the remainder of the day, with a southeast wind 26 to 31 miles per hour, becoming southwest in the afternoon, with wind chill values late in the day between 20 and 30. Saturday will be partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 26.

• Heavy rain, strong winds and 1 to 2 feet of coastal flooding (possibly 3 feet in susceptible areas on the North Fork, western Great South Bay, Jamaica Bay and the south shore of Connecticut) are the major threats with this storm here. We’re expecting up to 3 inches of rain this evening through Friday afternoon; heavy winds late Thursday night into Friday evening and the worst of the coastal flooding with Friday morning’s high tide. There’s a wind advisory in effect from 10 p.m. tonight through Friday at 10 p.m., and a Coastal Flood Warning in effect from 5 a.m. Friday through Dec. 24 at 1 a.m. Here’s the National Weather Service’s info on the storm and below are the high tide times on the East End for the next two days:

December 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:19 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:27 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
Greenport: 8:56 a.m., 9:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:51 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:51 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:18 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:25 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:34 a.m., 8 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:43 a.m., 6:09 p.m.

December 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:08 a.m., 9:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:16 a.m., 8:44 p.m.
Greenport: 9:45 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:42 a.m., 11:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:40 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:07 a.m., 11:35 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:14 a.m., 11:42 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:24 a.m., 8:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:33 a.m., 7:01 p.m.

• As members of the Riverhead Town Board agreed to hire a new consultant to finish their comprehensive plan, residents gathered outside town hall Tuesday afternoon demanding a moratorium on development until the plan is complete, and urged the board not to move forward with a proposed battery energy storage system and a large anaerobic digester and a massive logistics warehouse facility in Calverton. Read More.

• The Greenport Village Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed moratorium on development in three key business districts this evening at 7 p.m. at the Third Street Firehouse. Here’s more info.

• A movement is afoot locally to get Governor Kathy Hochul to sign the Unmarked Burial Site Protection Act, which would require discovery of unmarked burial sites to be immediately reported to the county coroner or medical examiner, who in turn notifies the state archaeologist. The state archaeologist would determine whether the remains may be of Native American origin and reports these findings to the burial site review committee. The bill, which has passed the state legislature, would need to be signed by the governor before the end of the year or be re-introduced in the next session of the legislature beginning in January. Here’s the number for the governor’s office: 518.474.8390 and here’s the text of the bill.

• The Southampton Town Board holds a special meeting this morning at 10 a.m. to adopt numerous resolutions pertaining to year-end business. The work session slated for this morning has been cancelled. Here’s the agenda for the special meeting. The Riverhead Town Board’s work session for today has also been cancelled.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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