Most of downtown Montauk, NY, on the eastern tip of Long Island, has been closed except for a creperie and a 7-Eleven with its barricaded and “open” hand painted windows. bomb in neon orange.
To the west, at Long Beach, a few brave or reckless surfers rode towering waves. At nearby Jones Beach, 76-year-old Andy Lawrence and his 8-year-old granddaughter, Harper, were among the few human spots in the landscape. “We are a family of storm chasers,” said Mr. Lawrence.
Harper added, “I love the force of the wind – it looks weird on my rain jacket.”
The storm gave outgoing New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo one last chance to prove his courage in emergency management.
Mr Cuomo, who has drawn the nation’s attention for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, has declared a state of emergency so New York can use federal funds to prepare for flooding and other possible effects of the storm – although he acknowledged that officials expected “no real significant damage after the event.” Mr Cuomo announced he would resign Monday night following a sexual harassment scandal. States of emergency have also been declared in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
As the rains fell, the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road canceled much of their service to New York and Connecticut, hundreds of flights were canceled at airports in the New York metro area and parts of the New York subway system came to a brief stop. service.
Connecticut authorities have issued evacuation orders in coastal parts of several towns, including East Haven, Madison, Groton and Branford. About 250 residents of four nursing homes – in Old Saybrook, Mystic, Guilford and West Haven – have been evacuated, state officials said.
Rhode Island officials have closed three bridges due to high winds and the state has banned motorcycles and tractor-trailers.