Thousands lose power as heavy rain, wind slam LI

Concerns over the dangers from downed trees occupy

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Concerns over the dangers from downed trees occupy Long Islanders' minds as they eye tornado warnings. Videojournalist: Chris Ware (Sept. 18, 2012)

Heavy rain and strong blasts of wind pelted Long Island Tuesday night as Nassau and Suffolk counties were slammed by a powerful storm.

The band of showers and thunderstorms prompted Suffolk officials to issue a tornado warning Tuesday night and a wind advisory that was to expire Wednesday at 6 a.m., officials said.

Tuesday's tornado warning was to remain in effectuntil 10 p.m.

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