Tropical Storm Watch in Effect for the East End

The storm's large size will bring tropical storm force winds, coastal flooding, and heavy rainfall on the eastern end of Long Island. National Weather Service

A tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Long Island with heavy rain and wind expected, especially on the East End, as Hurricane Jose passes east of Montauk late Tuesday night into Wednesday. 

While Long Island should avoid a direct hit, the storm's large size will bring tropical storm force winds, coastal flooding, and heavy rainfall. Currently a category one hurricane, Jose is expected to weaken as it passes approximately 75 to 125 miles south-southeast of Montauk Point.

Still, the eastern end of Long Island and southeast Connecticut are expected to experience the brunt of the storm. Winds are forecast to be 39 to 73 miles per hour, and scattered power outages and tree damage are possible. The storm could bring 2 to 4 inches of rain. If the hurricane maintains its current track, tropical storm conditions could begin on the South Fork as early as 2 a.m. on Tuesday, but more likely after 2 on Tuesday afternoon.

A coastal flood watch is in effect through Wednesday. With a new moon on Monday, tides are running high. Minor coastal flooding is likely, with moderate flooding in areas along the ocean and Peconic and Gardiner's Bays.

If Hurricane Jose moves farther east or weakens, impacts on the East End could be mild. However, if the storm shifts west, the East End could see heavier rains, stronger winds, and more coastal flooding.

A high surf advisory is in effect ,with waves 5 to 8 feet on Monday, increasing to 8 to 14 feet on Tuesday. Due to dangerous rip currents, Southampton Village beaches have been closed since Saturday night, after a man drowned in the surf.