Long Islanders have been spending the past few days preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Irene, a Category 3 storm, had already barreled through the Caribbean Islands.
She’s expected to hit Long Island somewhere between Saturday night and Sunday morning, bringing with her strong winds, heavy rain and most likely, coastal flooding.
Patch will be providing updates on road closures, power outages and more throughout the storm, although you can help report the action as well. Here’s how:
Much like residents, Bayport-Blue Point Patch Editor Emily Portoghese will be reporting on the storm from the confines of her own home. Photos of the storm would be greatly appreciated. Whether it's down wires, trees or even photos of what residents are doing in wake of the storm, send them in. Email Emily@Patch.com or post them on our Facebook page.
Although we will keep you posted on East Meadow outages via the LIPA storm center outage map, let us know if there are any outages near your home. Whether that's your home's power, street lights going out, we want to hear from you! Either send us a message on Twitter or email Emily@Patch.com.
Many residents are equipped with a smart phone, whether it's an Android, Blackberry or iPhone. Are you brave enough to shoot video in the storm? Or you can stand under the awning on your front porch! Email videos to Emily@Patch.com.
When the storm strikes, did you get caught in it? What did you do about it? Send in your storm stories to Emily@Patch.com.