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During separate press conferences Saturday morning, both Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the county, following news that the North Shore and East End of Long Island are expected to get 12 to 18 inches of snow and the South Shore 18 to 24 inches.


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Officials announced this morning that the Long Island Expressway will remain closed in both directions until 8 a.m., limiting traffic to emergency personnel.

The LIE was closed to traffic at midnight, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, in preparation of a snowstorm expected to dump anywhere from five to nine inches of snow Thursday night into Friday morning.

The LIE was originally closed until at least 5 a.m. and a decision to reopen the highway was made between 3:30 and 4 a.m., Mr. Cuomo said.

Mr. Cuomo said a state-wide state of emergency has been declared and he urged residents to stay off the roads.

In Riverhead, highway superintendent Gio Woodson said his crews are ready for the storm. Click here to read more.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A look down snow-covered Route 25 in Cutchogue earlier today.

Although the skies have cleared and many roads are passable, Southold Town remains under a state of emergency, which means non-emergency vehicles should remain off the road until highway crews have finished their work, said Supervisor Scott Russell.

“The crews are making excellent progress, but it’s still slow going,” Mr. Russell said Saturday afternoon. “People need to just stay home. We have snow clearing equipment getting stuck so the roads are still not safe for a family sedan.”

He said the town’s plowing efforts have been delayed and complicated by the number of vehicles stranded in the snow.

Southold Police reported that two of the department’s SUV’s were stuck in the snow for three hours Friday night.

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TROY GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Main Road in Mattituck.

TROY GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Main Road in Mattituck.

The Town of Southold will be under a state of emergency as of 5 p.m. Sunday and and that status will continue until further notice, Supervisor Scott Russell said Saturday afternoon.

In addition, at 5 p.m. Sunday the town will open emergency shelters in the Mattituck, Southold, Greenport, Oysterponds and Fishers Island schools and in the town Human Resources building on Pacific Street in Mattituck.

The town is calling for a voluntary evacuation of low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Town Hall will be closed Monday, as will local schools, the supervisor said.

Under an emergency declaration all town roads are closed except for police and emergency response personnel.

“By all estimates we’re going to see damage, such as downed poles and trees, that at the least will be at the level we saw during Hurricane Irene, Mr. Russell said. “We expect a serious storm surge along with high winds and heavy rains. High tides are estimated to be 8 feet above normal.”

Sustained winds may reach tropical story-strength (from 39 to 73 mph) and continue for an extended period, the supervisor added.

The town will post updates on its website, www.southoldtownny.gov, and on Channel 22, the supervisor said.

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TIM KELLY PHOTO | County Executive Steve Bellone

With Hurricane Sandy heading toward landfall early next week, County Executive Steve Bellone on Saturday declared a state of emergency for all of Suffolk.

The executive also ordered a mandatory evacuation of Fire Island, the thin barrier beach along the ocean shore, in Brookhaven and Islip towns. Residents there are required to leave the area by 2 p.m. Sunday.

The county opened its emergency operations center in Yaphank at 9 a.m. Friday and the center will be open throughout the weekend.

Mr. Bellone is urging all residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas to closely follow weather reports and emergency updates and to avoid making 911 calls except for life-threatening emergencies.

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Greenport Village, in line with Southold Town, has announced a state of emergency effective  7 p.m. Saturday. It will remain in effect until further notice.

The Mitchell Park Marina and McCann Campground have been closed. All boats in port were asked to leave for safer waters and those due in for the weekend were contacted Thursday and told to sail elsewhere.

All village parks and beaches have been closed until further notice, said village clerk Sylvia Lazzari Pirillo.

Greenport School will be open at 7 p.m. Saturday night to accommodate those in need of shelter, Ms. Pirillo said.

On Thursday, campgrounds residents were debating whether to try to ride out the storm there or seek other refuge. They had been told they could move their vehicles to the school parking lot.

Some worried that their mobile homes might sustain more damage in the open school yard, while others were concerned about leaving the vehicles at the campgrounds where they  might be damaged by trees or other falling debris.

KOA Kampgrounds off Route 48 in Greenport plans to weather the storm.

“We’re going to ride it out,” said an office worker who declined to be named. Most of the campsites are filled with large motor homes or trailers.

The Greenport Farmers market for Saturday has been cancelled.

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Southold will be under a state of emergency beginning 7 p.m. Saturday and lasting until further notice, the town’s Office of Emergency Management announced Friday afternoon.

All unnecessary travel is prohibited on town roads during a state of emergency. That ban does not apply to emergency response vehicles.

The town will open several shelters at 7 p.m. Satuday, all will be staffed to receive residents. Local fire departments are not town shelters.

Given their storm-related responsibilities, the town police department and area fire departments will not be able to offer evacuation assistance, according to the town.

The shelters will be located at:

*Mattituck High School

*Cutchogue East Elementary School

*Southold High School

*Greenport High School

*Oysterponds Elementary School

*Fishers Island School

Anyone seeking shelter should bring supplies such as medication, blankets, flashlights, water and snacks.

All shelters will be pet-friendly, but all pets should be in a cage or crate and their owners are responsible for bringing food or anything else the animals may need.

In most cases, the safest place to be is at home, town officials said, but those living in flood-prone areas are advised to make a quick decision on whether to seek shelter.

Residents with special needs or who may have questions or concerns can call 852-4900 or 298-4475.

Storm-related information will be available at suffolktimes.com. WLNG, Channel 22 and the town’s website; southoldtown.northfork.net