Residents cautioned to stay home as storm batters Nassau County

HEMPSTEAD, Long Island — Nassau County officials urged residents to stay home if they can Friday and drive slowly if they have to hit the road as a powerful coastal storm slams the region.

Emergency response crews remain on standby, especially in the county’s low-lying communities, said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect through 2 a.m. Sunday for minor to moderate coastal flooding during times of high tide.  Storm surges of 2 to 3 feet will combine with high tides for Long Island.

Officials are working with PSE&G to monitor flooding conditions and potential power outages.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and wind gusts of 60 mph. The wind will be strongest from early afternoon through the evening hours — downed trees and power lines had not been reported, according to Curran, but they are aware it is a possibility as the storm continues.

PIX11’s Keith Lopez contributed to this report.