Good Morning!

• Tropical Storm Henri, currently in the Atlantic off the coast of Georgia, is heading our way. The storm is predicted to become a hurricane today. The National Weather Service predicts we will see wind, storm surge and rainfall impacts as the storm makes landfall here Saturday night into Sunday night. The Coast Guard is urging owners of pleasure craft to seek safe harbor.

• The storm is slated to hit the East End in conjunction with the full moon, which normally brings higher-than-usual tides, and the storm surge is predicted to be a major factor in this storm, with 3 to 5 feet of inundation on the East End. Here’s the latest local NWS briefing on the storm. We will update our website regularly with details on the storm. Below are the times of high tide here for the next three days:

Aug. 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:36 a.m., 9:02 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:44 a.m., 8:10 p.m.
Greenport: 9:13 a.m., 9:39 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:15 a.m., 10:36 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:08 a.m., 9:34 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:35 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:42 a.m., 11:08 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:54 a.m., 8:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:03 a.m., 6:27 p.m.

Aug. 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:25 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:33 a.m., 8:58 p.m.
Greenport: 10:02 a.m., 10:27 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:08 a.m., 11:27 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:57 a.m., 10:22 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:24 a.m., 11:49 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:31 a.m., 11:56 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:48 a.m., 9:08 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:57 a.m., 7:17 p.m.

Aug. 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:13 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:21 a.m., 9:45 p.m.
Greenport: 10:50 a.m., 11:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:56 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:45 a.m., 11:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:12 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:19 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:37 a.m., 9:55 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:46 a.m., 8:04 p.m.

• The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday announced the arrest of two men, Lavain Creighton, 51, of Greenport, and Justin Smith, 46, of Smithtown, in conjunction with the rash of deaths on the North Fork last week due to fentanyl-laced cocaine. Mr. Creighton is charged with six counts of Criminal Sale of A Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Mr. Smith is charged with Criminal Sale of A Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. “We continue to investigate the numerous overdoses – both fatal and non-fatal – that have occurred on the East End over the past few weeks,” said District Attorney Tim Sini. “Our message is clear: If you are selling drugs in Suffolk County and you kill someone, we will hold you accountable for the death and destruction you have caused.”

• What on earth was the Riverhead Town Board thinking? This was the overwhelming consensus from residents in response to a proposal by the Riverhead Town Board to define the “functional equivalent of a family” for the purpose of rental housing. Read More.

• Organizacion Latino Americana of Eastern Long Island has partnered with the Parrish Art Museum to bring back a Pachanga dance party with Mambo Loco and Mila Tina this evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Here are more details.

Stay tuned to our website for storm details throughout the weekend.

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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