Although winds are not terribly strong now, some intense winds are on the way.
Winds have been gusting to between about 20 and 30 mph so far, but the latest data is showing a strong wind field moving into Long Island as of 8 a.m.
The image above represents wind gusts at 8 a.m., showing gusts of 20 to 30 mph inland and gusts approaching 50 mph along the shoreline. (map shows winds in knots)
The leading edge of strong winds has just pushed across the south shore of Long Island, meaning that winds will be picking up considerably alone the shoreline between now and lunchtime and then by this afternoon across the interior.
Below is a forecast for wind speeds at 5 p.m. Winds are forecast to be gusting to between 40 and 50 mph inland and those right along the immediate shoreline could be seeing gusts over hurricane force (74+ mph). the image has wind values in knots.
***The 2nd level of pink indicates winds of 80 knots, which equals 85 to 90 mph***
The surface analysis shows strong winds across portions of Long Island and off the New Jersey coast.