Good Morning!

• We’re under numerous weather warnings this morning as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way up the East Coast. There is a tropical storm warning in effect, though peak winds, out of the southeast, are expected to be 20-30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour. There is “little to no threat of storm surge flooding,” according to the National Weather Service’s latest statement at 5:04 a.m. There is a flash flood watch in effect until noon, as heavy rain continues and could inundate low-lying areas with poor drainage. NWS is expecting 2 to 3 inches of rain throughout the region. “Tornadoes may be possible, with limited impacts across Long Island and southeastern Connecticut,” according to NWS, which urges the public to be ready to shelter quickly if they receive a tornado warning on their cell phone.

• The storm will taper off this evening, with mostly cloudy skies overnight and a low around 68, with winds out of the southwest at 6 to 11 miles per hour. It will be mostly sunny Saturday, with a high near 77. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 81 and a 40 percent chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3 p.m.

• The Flanders Fire Department at 19 Firehouse Lane in Flanders will host a New York Blood Center blood drive tomorrow, Saturday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended, online here.

Suffolk County reported 30 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, July 7, with 0.7 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 35 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with four of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities, and the death toll from the virus here stands at 3,407 people. As of Thursday, July 8, 60 percent of the total population of Suffolk had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 55 percent of the total population completing their vaccine series. Among people ages 18 and up, 72.7 percent of Suffolk residents had received at least one dose of a vaccine.

• The Art Committee of the Quogue Library presents the opening show for the new library, “Quogue: Past, Present & Future,” tomorrow, July 10, with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The show celebrates the artists of Quogue, including longtime Quogue residents like Joan Larson and Betsy MacMahon who have been painting for decades.  Others, like recent college graduate Teddy Vermylen and twelve-year-old Hudson Caruso — who pens The Beacon’s Burgerman cartoon strip, represent a younger generation of artists off to early and promising lives as artists.  

• Author Walter Isaacson discusses “The Code Breaker” at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton tomorrow, Saturday, July 10 at 3 p.m. The book is an account of how Nobel prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a genetic revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and improve the human species. Tickets are $15 and are available at

Lawn Dances at Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton) begins tomorrow, July 10 at 6 p.m. and continues Sunday, July 11 at 5 p.m. They will be presenting contemporary New York-based choreographers who are invited to re-imagine their work on an outdoor stage situated on the lawn. Two shared bills will present the work of Baye & Asa, Jasmine Hearn, Kayla Farrish, Jodi Melnick, Loni Landon and Christopher Williams. Bring a beach chair or blanket.

• Also on Sunday, Southampton Arts Center presents the One Ocean Film Tour to celebrate World Oceans Day. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Tickets are $15 for general admission and kids are free. Find more info at

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

July 9
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:27 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:35 a.m., 9:45 p.m.
Greenport: 11:04 a.m., 11:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:58 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:59 a.m., 11:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:26 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:02 a.m., 12:33 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:30 a.m., 9:34 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:39 a.m., 7:43 p.m.

July 10
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:10 a.m., 11:18 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:18 a.m., 10:26 p.m.
Greenport: 11:47 a.m., 11:55 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:02 a.m., 12:39 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:42 a.m., 11:50 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:36 a.m., 1:09 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:43 a.m., 1:16 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:11 a.m., 10:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:20 a.m., 8:20 p.m.

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

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