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Tell Us: Irene Plus One Year

How would Nassau County fare should a big hurricane strike?

For years, meteorologists have speculated that Long Island is poised for a big storm, like the hurricane in 1938. That storm hit Long Beach particularly hard, with some recalling houses floating down the streets.

Which has us wondering: Given the way state and local government officials and leaders at  , how do you think we would fare in the event of a big hurricane?

Remember the power outages, and the long days Plainview-area residents went without power. Do you remember the trees down? The flooding?

Would residents  in time? Tell us in the comments.

Marilyn August 28, 2012 at 08:44 PM
LIPA claims that they are in the process of making plans for hurricanes. They said there is increased communications to make it a smoother process. I'm no fool....I don't believe it!
Tom August 29, 2012 at 07:50 PM
We have had big hurricanes before and we have survived. A hurricane like the 1938 one might be tougher. That hurricane devastated eastern Long Island and destroyed virtually every home along the sand bars of Rhode island (most were never rebuilt). However, with modern technology we wouldn't be caught by surprise so people would be able to evacuate to safety. Yes, many homes might be destroyed and power might be out for awhile but we would survive.
Helen August 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM
LIPA's as reliable and believable as any politician. Sat in the dark for many days after Irene....let's not go there. As for evacuations? How the heck are we all getting off the island, if need be, when normal rush hour takes hours? And yes, I'm taking into effect early warnings - there are only so many ways off......and this includes those in Queens/Brooklyn as well - we're all on the same damn island - where are we going?
Marilyn August 30, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Helen you are so wise....
Tom August 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
It is highly unlikely that we would have to evacuate Long island for a hurricane. In fact, I would think that would never happen. Only those living along the coast would need to evacuate and there are shelters they can evacuate to if they don't have relatives.
Marilyn August 30, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I don't live along the coast so I wouldn't have to evacuate....but I live in an area where there are trees. Even some of my friends & family who live on streets where there are no trees, were without power longer than I was....they talk a big game, but in the end it's the customers that suffer....
Raymond Collins August 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The news stations made it sound like Katrina in NY, in reality it was barely any more intense than your average rain storm. If they cry wolf every time they have some spinning clouds on radar, how long until people stop paying attention?

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