Coastal flooding a major threat on Long Island as residents brace for weekend blizzard

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LONG ISLAND -- Long Island is bracing for a blizzard this weekend.

In addition to intense snow and high winds, coastal communities could see major flooding.

"I know during Sandy there were a lot of houses that had flooded and the Sound met the other side of the water. So, hopefully that doesn't happen," Bayville resident Melissa Cardone said Thursday as she walked her dog near the water.

According to forecasters, this winter storm is expected to push a big storm surge down Long Island Sound. Add in a full moon at high tide and communities on the North Shore of Long Island could see major flooding.

Jay Patel will be keeping an eye on the water from his office at the Tides Motor Inn in Bayville.

He remembers clearly what it was like during Sandy.

"We had water all around the hotel, not inside the rooms though but up to the sidewalks," Patel said.

Local government has already kicked its storm preparations into high gear.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said, "We will be brining our county roadways, our bridges and our overpasses to prevent that black ice from forming."

But even with an army of snow plows out, officials said people should stay home this weekend. "All residents need to plan for power outages and road closures," Mangano said.

The Town of Hempstead was loading up its trucks with salt Thursday. According to Town Supervisor Anthony Santino, everyone is ready to work through the storm.

"We've been making sure every piece of equipment is ready to go, up to snuff. So that the moment the snow starts we are there," he said.

And when wind, snow and water all come together that can result in power outages. PSEG Long Island's spokesperson, Jeffrey Weir, said they are keeping a close eye on this storm.

"Normally snow and wind by themselves are not that big of an issue, but when you have gusting wind with the potential for icing, that's when you can see some significant outages," Weir said.

People are urged to stay away from downed power lines and report any outages to their power company.