• We’re under a coastal flood warning until 2 p.m. today and continue to be under a tropical storm watch as former Hurricane José, now downgraded to a tropical storm, passes to the east of Long Island. The National Weather Service is predicting sustained winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour today for this region, with gusts up to 50, with high surf forecasts now expected to be around 13 feet, down from the 20 foot waves that had been predicted yesterday. Widespread dune erosion is expected, especially along the eastern Atlantic shore.
• Skies will clear Thursday and Friday, with highs in the high 70s, and we’re expecting sunny skies and temperatures near 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday.
• Southampton Town issued a limited state of emergency yesterday, allowing the town to move sand to renourish a berm on Dune Road in Hampton Bays, after the road was washed over several times early Tuesday. The Southampton Town Highway Department is moving approximately 500 yards of sand from their stockpile in Westhampton to an area between the Ponquogue Bridge and the Shinnecock Inlet, and has notified the Suffolk County Department of Public Works and the New York State DEC of their actions.
• After East Hampton Town’s attempt to regulate aircraft that can enter its municipal-owned airport failed to be upheld in court last year, the town is now left with just one more option to try to curb noisy air traffic. It’s an option that has only been tried seven times since it became available in 1990, and it has only been successful once. The town unveiled the details of this option at several events earlier this week. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Who can you call at 2 a.m. if you need a raccoon driven across the Shinnecock Canal? Is your family of foxes mangy? Is a hedgehog eating you out of your zinnias? Do you have bats in your basement, swifts in your chimney, or have you seen an osprey who has forgotten how to fly? If you can’t resort to killing your cousins, there is only one man for the job. Our correspondent Kara Westerman caught up with Dell Cullum a few weeks back to talk about this wild island, his recovery from breaking his back, and issues facing the natural world here. Read her interview online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:19 a.m., 10:44 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:27 a.m., 9:52 p.m.
Greenport: 10:56 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:51 a.m., 11:16 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:18 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:05 a.m., 12:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:53 a.m., 8:08 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:05 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:13 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
Greenport: 11:42 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:24 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:37 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:43 a.m., 1:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:50 a.m., 1:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:37 a.m., 8:51 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.