As residents prepared for the worst Friday, Hurricane Earl moved in on parts of Long Island as a weakened Category 1 hurricane.

Long Island Reporter Rob Hoell was on the scene at Smiths Point Park in Mastic Beach where waves were picking up significantly. Winds reached around 85 mph, down from 145 mph a day earlier.

The curator of geology at Stony Brook University, Steven Englebright, says Long Island residents should remain alert. He says the course of hurricanes can be unpredictable. He expressed concern that an early September storm could wreak havoc because leaves have yet to begin falling from trees.

Suffolk County officials say no shelters have been opened, but will take only five hours to get them running.