There'll still be blustery winds for Long Islanders to brave again Sunday but the storm system that brought heavy rain and chilly temperatures has moved off and there will be improving weather for most of the week ahead, forecasters said.
But there is still a coastal flood advisory from the National Weather Service for "minor coastal flooding" in northwestern Suffolk and northern Nassau from 4 p.m. Sunday until 7 p.m. Sunday. A high surf advisory was also issued for southern Suffolk until 6 p.m. Monday, the weather service said.
Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Islip, said it might have felt like Hurricane Joaquin had Long Island in its sights over the past few days. But she said the high winds and rain in recent days had nothing to do with the Joaquin, which will miss the region.
"The weather the past few days had absolutely nothing to do with Joaquin," Buccola said. "It was a front that had moved through -- a cold front Wednesday with a northeast flow behind it that gave us all that wind. There was low pressure to the south and low pressure to the north and we were in between those two systems."
Buccola said Joaquin, at one time a Category 4 hurricane, was just southwest of Bermuda Sunday morning. "It's forecast to go northeast, pass to the west of Bermuda and then turn northeast and remain off shore from there," she said.
She said high winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour will continue Sunday, with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour in some places on the South Shore. "We're still going to see some problems along the beaches," Buccola said, referring to the coastal advisories.
On Saturday, some South Shore communities had flooded and emergency crews scrambled to remove toppled trees and restore power to thousands of homes.
By 6 p.m. Saturday, about 2,250 homes remained without power, down from a peak of about 6,400, according to PSEG Long Island. But as of Sunday at 11:16 a.m., the number of customers without power was 154, the PSEG Long Island website said.
In Suffolk County, 2.14 inches of rain fell at Carmans River between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. In Nassau, Lynbrook saw the most rain with 1.97 inches during that period.
Sunday, lots of clouds will linger and the high will reach only 57, Buccola said. "The average is 67 degrees," she said. At night it will be mostly cloudy with a low around 50.
By Monday the winds will start diminishing and the high will be 65 with nighttime lows in the 50s.
The sun returns Tuesday when the temperature climbs to 68 for the high and the low will be 52.
Sunny skies continue Wednesday with 70 for the high. "That'll feel really nice," Buccola said. It will be mostly clear at night with a low of 53.
More sun on Thursday when the high will be 65 and the low at night will be 52.
A high of 66 degrees with lots of sun is predicted for the start of the weekend on Friday but a 30 percent chance of showers comes at night when the low will be around 56.
With Candice Ruud and Laura Blasey