• We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 a.m. today, after a night of heavy rain, then a chance of showers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. The high temperature will be near 72 degrees, with a southwest wind 16 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 32 mph. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 52. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. on Friday, with otherwise partly sunny skies, with a high near 67.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is expected to announce this morning that the county will have no choice but to make a catastrophic $20 million in budget cuts to health care, addiction, domestic violence, senior and youth services due to the budget impact of the pandemic without significant federal disaster assistance that has stalled in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Bellone announced last week that there will also be significant cuts to county bus routes if federal disaster funding does not come through.
• Community Preservation Fund revenues from a two percent real estate transfer tax have ballooned so far this year, as New Yorkers seeking refuge from the pandemic went on a real estate buying frenzy on the East End.
• Thousands of land and aquatic turtles are on the move this time of year, many across roads, in their attempt to find a spot to hibernate. Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons is urging residents to look out for turtles in the roadway and shallow waters of local estuaries.
• Suffolk County reported 36 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Tuesday, with .8 percent of people tested testing positive. Thirty people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the county, with seven people in ICU. The county reported no new deaths, and the death toll here stands at 2,014.
• East End Arts holds its bi-weekly virtual talent show this Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Register online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:31 a.m., 9:51 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:39 a.m., 8:59 p.m.
Greenport: 10:08 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:08 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:03 a.m., 10:23 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:30 a.m., 11:50 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:37 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:49 a.m., 9:03 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:58 a.m., 7:12 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:09 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:17 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Greenport: 10:46 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:46 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:41 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:08 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:15 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:27 a.m., 9:41 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:36 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.