Fire Island Urged To Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane

The New York Times reports:

As Hurricane Henri churned up the East Coast on Saturday, communities from New York City to Boston prepared for what would be the first hurricane to make landfall on Long Island or in New England in at least 30 years.

The governors of New York and Massachusetts activated members of the National Guard to make high-water rescues and clear debris. The mayor of New Haven, Conn., recommended that residents on streets closest to the water voluntarily evacuate.

Residents were still scrambling to prepare on Saturday, with the Suffolk County executive, Steven Bellone, calling on visitors and residents of Fire Island, which lies on the southern shore of Long Island, to voluntarily evacuate. “If they do not leave the island today, they will be stuck,” he warned.

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