Tips and numbers you need in a storm


Electric outages and downed power lines should be reported to PSEG by calling 800-490-0075 or online by signing in to your PSEG account.

Gas leaks should be reported to National Grid by calling the Gas Emergency Line at 800-490-0045.


FEMA recommends having a disaster kit that includes:
Three-day supply of nonperishable food
Three-day supply of water, or 1 gallon of water per person per day
Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
Sanitation and hygiene items, such as moist towelettes and toilet paper
Matches and a waterproof container
Extra clothing
Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a hand-operated can opener
Photocopies of credit and identification cards
Cash and coins
Special-needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solutions and hearing-aid batteries
Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers
Other items to meet your family’s needs

Fill up vehicles with fuel.
Listen to local officials.
Pick people to call who are on and off the Island in case you become separated from family members.
Never use portable generators indoors, in garages or near open windows


If electrical power is lost:
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened
refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a couple of hours.
If it looks like power will be out for more than two to four
hours, put refrigerated milk, dairy products, meats, fish,
poultry, eggs, gravy, stuffing and leftovers into a cooler
surrounded by ice.
If the refrigerator was out for more than two to four hours,
discard the perishable items.
A freezer that is half-full will hold for up to 24 hours; a full
freezer for 48 hours. If it appears the power outage will be
prolonged, prepare a cooler with ice for freezer items.
If the freezer is fairly full and it has been without power for less than 24 hours, food should be safe. Expect a loss of quality with refreezing.
Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with
floodwater. If in doubt, discard it.
Do not eat food packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth
and similar containers that have been water-damaged.
Discard food and beverage containers with screw-caps,
snap lids, crimped caps (soda bottles), twist caps, flip tops
and home-canned foods if they have come in contact with floodwater. These containers cannot be disinfected.


North Hempstead:
Call 311 or 516-TOWN-311 (516-869-6311) for a service representative or go to
Call 516-489-5000 or visit
Oyster Bay:
Go to or call highway department to report downed trees at 516-677-5757.
City of Glen Cove:
Go to or call the Department of Public Works at 516-676-4402.
City of Long Beach:
Visit or call City Hall at

Visit or call the public safety department at 631-422-7600 to report downed trees.
Call the highway department at 631-451-9200 to report downed trees or visit
East Hampton:
Go to or call the highway department to report roadway obstructions at 631-324-0925.
Visit or call its 24-hour emergency number, 631-271-6573, or for downed trees, 631-499-0444.
Visit or call 631-224-5600 to report downed trees or power lines.
Call the storm hotline at 631-727-3200 or visit
Call the Public Safety Department at 631-360-7553.
Go to or call 631-283-6000.
Visit or call 631-765-1800.
Shelter Island:
Visit or call 631-749-0291.


Fire Island Ferries, Bay Shore:
All service canceled for Tuesday. Decision will be made Tuesday afternoon on Wednesday service.
Sayville Ferry Service:
All passenger service will be suspended Tuesday after the 3:30/4 p.m. Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove boats. Decision’s on Wednesday’s service will be made Tuesday.

Jose On The Way: How To Track The Storm

A hurricane – and its forecast – are moving targets. As Jose makes its way north, forecasters are closely monitoring the storm’s conditions and movements in order to update their outlook accordingly.

If you want to keep up with the latest on Jose, here are some links and resources you can check regularly, as the forecast continues to be fine-tuned.

A rundown of local watches, warnings and advisories

Click here to see conditions for your town

Where Jose’s center is expected to go and when

National Hurricane Center forecasters plot the storm’s track, using a cone-shaped image. The cone shows the range of potential paths for the center of the storm and is not indicating the size of the storm overall and where major impacts may be. There can be plenty of impacts outside that cone.

The image also shows color-coded areas where watches and warnings have been issued

Click here for latest version

Here, find an interactive map showing potential wind speeds.

Click here for latest version

The cone of uncertainty: It’s not called that for nothing. The cone’s track record? “Statistically, two-thirds of all cyclones stay within this cone, while one-third strays outside the cone,” according to a briefing from the weather service’s Upton office.

More on the cone of uncertainty

What storms look like from space

GOES-16 is the most advanced weather satellite NOAA has ever developed. It detects conditions from far above Earth.

Click here to see Jose

How strong the winds will be

You can see here the probabilities for sustained wind speeds of 39 mph or more.

Click here for latest version

When the winds will come

There are two options for viewing this map for residents with varying risk tolerance when it comes to making outdoor preparations.

Those with low risk tolerance, who want to get things done well in advance, can see the “earliest reasonable” times to expect tropical force winds to start. (Pictured below, as of Monday afternoon)

Others can click the “most likely” time option. (It’s a new tool, updated with new forecasts, from the National Hurricane Center.)

Click here for latest version

Rain – how much?

Rain, and other impacts, are dependent on the storm’s ultimate strength and track. A track farther to the west means more rain for the Island – to the east, less.

Click here for latest version

News updates on Twitter

Your forecasters are on social media, too. Keep track of their tweets for the latest information.


National Weather Service New York’s latest tweets


National Weather Service Eastern Region’s latest tweets


National Hurricane Center’s latest tweets for the Atlantic region