Worst of Irene is over on the North Fork; cleanup to begin

TIM KELLY PHOTO | An old weeping willow was uprooted at Salt Air Farms in Cutchogue.

Although the worst of Irene’s wrath is behind us, wind gusts of 50 mph are still expected until 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Motorists are urged to use caution as there are reports of downed utility poles and trees throughout Southold Town.

The Orient-East Marion Causeway, which was under water, has reopened.

Everyone has vacated the shelter at the Oysterponds School, according to Orient Fire Commissioner Bob Scott.

In Greenport, Route 25 is closed between Albertson Lane and Port of Egypt Marine in Southold.

Nearly 16,000 customers in Southold Town are experiencing some sort of power outage, according to a map on the Long Island Power Authority’s website.

Only about 1.73 inches of rain was reported in Greenport, according to the Weather Service.

North Fork farmers said they fared better than expected during the storm.

“We really dodged a bullet out here,” Ron Goerler of Jamesport Vineyards told News 12.

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