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Weather updates:WEATHER UPDATE: A flash flood watch is in effect for Nassau and Suffolk counties until 10 p.m. nwsdy.li/1qFcaNP#SouthernState west @ #RobertMosesCauseway left lane accident. Watch us live HERE: bit.ly/1oSyWBE http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrtMWmpCYAE0UyD.jpgFlash flood watch in effect for Long Island - WANTAGH, New York - The National Weather Service has issued a flash ... ow.ly/2JzogXSome Twitter users are optimistic that the storm will pass:
The following Nassau beaches are closed to swimming: Centre Island Sound, Creek Club, Lattingtown Beach, Laurel Hollow Beach, Piping Rock Beach Club, Pryibil Beach, Ransom Beach, Theodore Roosevelt Beach, Soundside Beach and Stehli Beach.
Downpour in Southampton empties paradeThe roadways from Manhattan to Southampton were clear in the earlymorning on Friday -- but the skies were not. A downpour that started at8:30 am on the East End threatened the festivities planned along MainStreet an hour and a half later.The 35 members of the Sag Harbor Community Band, formed in 1957 andmade up of some 70 musicians, mostly from the South Fork, packed up theirinstruments and left before a planned parade even started.David Brandenburg, the group's musical director, said its sheet music,some of it decades old, was too fragile for the rain and wind. And theband's instruments, mostly woodwinds, brass and percussion, could also bedamaged."The band is not waterproof," he said, as his players filed out fromunder an awning, instruments in hand.The streets, normally packed at this time, we're barren. A couple ofdozen folding chairs arranged along the parade route were mostly empty at10 am as onlookers instead scrambled under narrow doorways and tooktemporary cover inside the few shops that were open.-- Jo Napolitano
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Long Beach boardwalk 'quieter than usual'
At 10:30 am, the Long Beach boardwalk was dotted with an occasional drop of rain. A handful of swimmers splashed in the water and a thin, and a thin but steady flow of people walked or cycled along the boardwalk.
Yoona Choo, 28, of Queens, was walking along the boardwalk with family members and her newborn baby in a strap-on carrier.
"We were going to do a barbecue but I don't think we're going to do that anymore," she said. "We're probably going to stay home and eat halal food instead."
Lidia Guilbe, 25, of Baldwin works for the City of Long Beach as Ocean Beach Park supervisors, patrolling the boardwalk on bicycles, checking on beach-goers' passes and helping newcomers to purchase passes.
Guilbe said she doesn't anticipate this Fourth of July to be as busy as last year.
"There were lines of people" down the boardwalk ramps, she said of the 2013 holiday, "everyone coming from the city."
They faced a lot of illegal entries onto the beach last year, she said, but today she expected her job would be easier.
John Skudin, a lifeguard supervisor, also expected his job to be quieter than usual.
Conditions this morning were calm, but he said that a swell, resulting from Hurricane Arthur, is going to grow as the day goes on, attracting surfers and rip currents.
"With more waves," he said, "we're going to get more rip currents," which can pull people out to sea, and are the primary cause for rescue missions.
"We've just got to be on our toes a little more," he said, as the life guards anticipate the coming swell from Hurricane Arthur. "If you have a big snowstorm coming, what would you do? We've just got to be prepared," he said.
As the rain started to fall heavier in the late morning, people on the boardwalk darted for cover.
Claudia Barragan, 42, of Port Washington, and her sister, Angela Lopez, 38, who is visiting from Qatar, made indoor plans.
"We're going to see the Colombia vs. Brazil game," said Lopez, who is originally from Colombia, referring to the 4 pm World Cup quarterfinal soccer match.
"And right now we're going to watch France vs. Germany," she said, as they darted into their Allegrio Hotel lobby.
-- Portia Crowe
Billy Forster, 41, of Northport and Eldon Smith, 42, of Northport plan to
go to Sand City, Hobart's Beach in Eatons Neck with their families once
the storm passes.
"As soon as we see it clear, we're out of here," Smith said. "It takes a
lot to hold us back."
They were preparing at the Woodbine Marina around 11:30. They said they
plan to take their boats to the beach to swim and kayak.
They said they would have gone out last night if the weather had
cooperated but they plan to sleepover tonight on their boats and watch
the Asharoken fireworks tomorrow.
Both said they were "born and bred" on the water and boating safety is
important to them.
Smith said he requires anyone going on his boat to bring a life jacket
"You take out guests ... That's a lot of responsibility," Smith said.
-- Mackenzie Issler
George Gorman, regional state parks director for Long Island, was at Hempstead Lake State Park at noon Friday.
“With the rain, there’s only light attendance,” he said. “They’re some people here doing a barbecue in the rain, under a tent. They all have umbrellas. We have nice groups like that in the park, but not many of them, nothing like the usual Fourth of July crowds.”
The wet weather didn’t create problems at ocean beaches, he said.
“At our Atlantic Ocean beaches, Jones Beach and Robert Moses, we haven’t had any surf-related issues,” Gorman said. “There was no problem at high tide yesterday, but when the tide started to go out, we had surf-related issues. We had some evening rip currents. We had to do some rescues.”
There are no restrictions on swimming Friday.
“We are still concerned about tomorrow,” Gorman said of Saturday. “The weather service still advising of strong surf tomorrow and rip currents, so we’ll have our lifeguards watching.”
-- Bill Murphy
Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in Staten Island's Travis Parade..@repmichaelgrimm on @BilldeBlasio on Staten I: "I think on the 4th of July, everyone will be polite but I wouldn't say it's friendly turf."
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Port Jefferson Fourth of July parade:
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Lues Vargas, 30, of queens, and 10 of his family members drove down from
Queens to BBQ on the beach. In bathing suits and shorts they played
volleyball and danced to a radio in a deserted area of the shoreline.
They said they gave the weather an hour to clear up, but since it hadn't
they were going home.
"We had already planned to come out and it was a long drive so we said
'were going anyway!'"
He said they were going home to watch fireworks there tonight. But there
was nothing else to do today so they decided to try to the beach. It
hadn't worked out.
"I was going to come tomorrow but I figured with the weather, all the
crowd will be here then. So I came today." - John O'btien, 69, kings
park, who was walking the sand during a break in the rain in an
American-themed tshirt and baseball cap. He clutched a folded sweater to
his chest as he looked out at the murky waves.
-- Khloe Meitz
Workers at The Clamman Seafood Market -- a tidy shack off of North
Sea Road in Southampton -- buzzed about behind a massive glass display
case Friday afternoon, scooping up pounds of lobster salad and fish for
the grill as residents poured in to pick up orders they placed days
Two women who said they work for a family in Water Mill asked for
exactly 170 shrimp -- "That's 1-7-0!" one of them exclaimed across the
counter--for an appetizer to be served tomorrow night for some 35 guests.
The chefs, home cooks and heads of household who stepped inside the
market said they had people to feed, rain or shine, and were on the hunt
for flawless sea bass and swordfish.
"Will you cut the head off and fillet it?" one shopper asked a
worker, pointing at a whole fish.
Cutter Koster was ready for all of them.
Koster, 27 of Southampton, took over what was his father's business
about two years ago and knew exactly how much food to order in
preparation (roughly 50 percent more of everything that can swim.) With
the fingers of his left hand buried deep inside the gills of a 13 pound
red grouper, he was well prepared, he said.
While he was a little concerned about the weather--"it's hard to
predict"--he was hopeful for a sunny weekend. No matter what, he said, he
loves the business, especially sneaking away on his boat for a jaunt on
the Peconic or Shinnecock Bays.
Long Islanders, show us your Fourth pictures with the hashtag #LI4th:
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Long Islanders, show us your Fourth pictures with the hashtag #LI4th:"Even in the face if people saying 'you're crazy' we came out," said Randy Leer, 59, of Teaneck, N.J., July 4, 2014. Family and friends crowded picnic tables beneath the overhang if the Field #5 Concession Stand at Robert Moses State Park to escape the rain on their annual Independence Day trip to the beach. #li4th
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Residents at Sunken Meadow 'make the best' of the rain
As it continued to pour through the afternoon, many people at Sunken
Meadow State Park packed up their belongings and left, as it seemed that
rain wasn't going to let up.
But dozens remained, huddled underneath the tents, wet and cold, but
trying to make the best of the situation.
Frank W. Notarnicola, 40, of Brentwood, was under a blue tent with a
group of his friends. It's their annual tradition to barbecue and spend
the day at Robert Moses, but they left the beach because of the weather,
he said, and headed to the North Shore, hoping the rain would get lighter.
But it had been raining for at least three hours.
"I'm ready to go," said Christian Pena, 41, of Mastic Beach. "I'm cold
Pena was there with his two young children, who munched on snacks, and
his fiancé, Anilee Bishop.
"We're still making the best of it," said Bishop, 28. "It only happens
once a year."
-- Mackenzie Issler