After storms, more could be on the way

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The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook statement for the metro-New York-Long Island area Thursday, warning "any shower or thunderstorm" could produce "locally heavy rain and gusty winds."

This, one day after a nasty series of thunderstorms hit parts of the area hard with torrential rain, thunder, lightning and ripping winds that knocked down trees and tree branches, according to weather and local officials.

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The weather service reported wind gusts of 54 mph Wednesday night in Far Rockaway and 41 mph in Lindenhurst and Bayville between 7:30 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.

The New York State Department of Transportation reported at least three incidents where downed trees shut down three major roads in Nassau and Suffolk. At least one of those roads, Route 25A in Smithtown, was reopened Thursday at 6:55 a.m.

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The good news for Long Islanders, however, was that LIPA was reporting just 49 power outages at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

The weather service is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday before noon - with a high of 85 degrees. There is a "slight chance" of storms Thursday night and on Friday showers and thunderstorms could produce "gusty winds and heavy rain."

No rainfall totals from Wednesday were immediately available Thursday.

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The NYSDOT was reporting that storms knocked down trees Wednesday on Route 135, closing down the southbound roadway at Exit 11 Plainview, as well as Route 111 and Route 25A - forcing the closure of both of those roads in Smithtown.

Route 25A was closed north of Route 25, according to the NYSDOT, while Route 111 was closed at Columbus Avenue in Smithtown. That road was reopened at 6 a.m. Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administration was reporting no delays at Kennedy, LaGuardia, Long Island-MacArthur or Newark-Liberty on Thursday.

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