Good Morning!

• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high temperature near 90 degrees and a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m., with a southwest wind 9 to 13 miles per hour. There’s a 50 percent chance of overnight showers and thunderstorms, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 74. We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm Tuesday, with a high near 81 and a south wind 9 to 15 miles per hour. Tropical storm conditions are possible Tuesday evening, as Tropical Storm Isaias makes its intentions known — as of Monday morning it was offshore of northeast Florida and anticipated to strengthen to a hurricane later Monday. We’ll have more details as the tropical forecast solidifies. Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 85.

• There’s a high risk of rip currents along Long Island’s ocean beaches today due to Tropical Storm Isaias. Please mind the lifeguards and red danger flags on ocean beaches.

• For the first time since March 8, 2020, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital reported no confirmed Covid-19 admissions and no admitted patients under suspicion for Covid-19 on Friday, July 31. The hospital also celebrated the discharge of a recovered Covid-19 patient following 120 days of hospitalization of which approximately four weeks were spent on a ventilator.

“As of this morning, Friday, July 31, we have no confirmed Covid admitted patients in our Hospital and no admitted patients under investigation for Covid-19,” said hospital CAO Robert Chaloner on Friday. “This is a significant milestone in our fight against the coronavirus and is a result of the excellent care provided by our medical staff and healthcare workers. We continue to test all admitted patients for COVID-19. We request that all our East End communities continue to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing facemasks, social distancing, and frequent handwashing.”

The hospital is preparing for the potential of a second surge of Covid admissions in the fall.

• Suffolk County reported just 45 new cases of Covid-19 in the county in the 24 hours ending Aug. 2, with 1 percent of those tested testing positive. The county did report one new death from the virus on Friday but none over the weekend, bringing the death toll here to 1,997. Thirty-one people were hospitalized as of Sunday afternoon, no change from Saturday, with 13 patients in ICU, an increase of one.

• This summer on the East End is filled with drive-in movies that are a throwback to the late 20th Century, when the world seemed to make just a tad more sense. But on Aug. 6, the two young filmmakers behind Wild Jelly Live are partnering with Community Action Southold Town (CAST) for a program that will re-envision the drive-in movie experience for this new and more uncertain millennium, while raising money for a food pantry hit hard by the pandemic. Here’s The Beacon’s story.

• Ellen’s Run, to benefit the breast health support services at the Ellen Hermanson Foundation in Southampton, is virtual for its 25th year. Sign up to run any time between Aug. 16 and Aug. 31 online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

August 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:14 a.m., 10:35 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:22 a.m., 9:43 p.m.
Greenport: 10:51 a.m., 11:12 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:56 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:46 a.m., 11:07 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:13 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:20 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:34 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:43 a.m., 7:59 p.m.

August 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 11 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:08 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Greenport: 11:37 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:11 a.m., 12:40 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:32 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:34 a.m., 12:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:41 a.m., 1:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:19 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:28 a.m., 8:42 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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