We at the Save the Great South Bay know that residents along the South Shore of Long Island are vulnerable and nervous every time a named storm comes our way. That’s why it is important to be ready and aware of what to expect. Tropical Storm Andrea will be more of a wind driven tropical rain event than a flooding event according to the National Weather Service. This tropical low pressure system will pass to our south and east and track northeast. With it, it will bring torrential rains, thunderstorms, wind and heavy surf. The winds around a low pressure system rotate inward toward the central point of low pressure counterclockwise. That is why with a storm track like Andrea’s, winds will go from South, to SE, to East, then Northeast as it departs our region North eastward. The worst of the winds will be from Friday night to Saturday morning. Winds will be mostly out of the east during this time and turn toward the west into Saturday. Residents along the South Shore prone to coastal flooding can expect the worst of the storm Friday night into Saturday morning for the New Moon astronomical tide. At this time forecasters believe there will only be a minor rise in water to about 1-3’ about normal to 2-4’ above normal in localized areas and canals. The major concern with this storm is the flash flooding that may occur. Residential homes and places that typically flood from rainwater will need to be careful and keep an eye on the rising water during periods of intense rain.