Good Morning!

• Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to hit Long Island this afternoon. The storm is likely to provide a “dry run for what could be a very active hurricane season,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. We’ll be updating this story throughout the day today.

• Our local forecast for the East End calls for a high temperature of 83 today, with tropical storm conditions possible in the afternoon, and expected in the evening and rainfall of about 1 to 2 inches by the time the storm passes through overnight. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers early Wednesday, with skies clearing throughout the day and a high near 87. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 86.

• Greenport’s American Legion Roller Rink has been holding blood drives every Tuesday since July 14 in the midst of a dire need for blood. Though they’ve cancelled today’s blood drive due to the tropical storm, they will continue next Tuesday, and through Sept. 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-933-2566 or online at www.nybc.org.

•  The deadline to apply for New York State’s Covid-19 rent relief program was extended one week to this Thursday, Aug. 6. Here are more details.

• Fifty new people tested positive for Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Aug. 3, with 1.2 percent of those tested testing positive. There were no new Covid deaths here, and the county’s death toll stands at 1,997.

• The East Hampton Town Board is slated to discuss a temporary Verizon cell site at their 11 a.m. work session this morning.

• The Riverhead Town Board meets at 2 p.m. today. On the agenda for the town’s Community Development Agency is the approval of the purchase of three properties on East Main Street to be used for a town square.

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

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.

August 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:47 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:55 a.m., 11:13 p.m.
Greenport: 12:24 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:55 a.m., 1:22 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:19 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:19 a.m., 1:46 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:26 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:03 a.m., 11:16 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:12 a.m., 9:25 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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