Jose’s effect: What we saw on Long Island

Jose brought gusty winds and dangerous surf on Wednesday, but Long Island was spared the potential wrath of the storm that has alternated between hurricane and tropical strength as it trekked northeast this week.

Still, officials were prepared for the worst with members of the National Guard and a search-and-rescue team deployed here; and a fleet of emergency vehicles and tools at the ready.

Newsday reporters, too, were stationed in areas where flooding and power outages were feared. Here’s what they saw.

5:30 a.m.

Wind gusts are the only evidence of Jose on the East End.

7 a.m.

Waves bite at the beach in Montauk, and farther west, mini-dunes stand in waiting.

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8 a.m.

Trying to prepare for high tide.

9 a.m.

Flooding on Dune Road and giant sea swells in Montauk (but neither was stopping at least one driver and fisherman).

11 a.m.

High surf and swells in Montauk. Officials said some erosion was expected at Montauk’s Hither Hills State Park.