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LIRR delays, power outages reported due to high winds

A weather map of Long Island as of

A weather map of Long Island as of 9:03 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, shows that all of Nassau, Suffolk and New York City's five boroughs are under a severe thunderstorm watch. Credit: NWS

Strong winds into the night Wednesday and early Thursday led to downed trees and wires, leaving tens of thousands of residents without power and delays on the Long Island Rail Road.

Wind speeds were registering at about 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph, which is expected to continue until 4 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The service had issued a wind advisory, along with a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 a.m. Thursday.

PSEG Long Island reported scattered outages throughout the Island, with 486 outages affecting more than nearly 36,000 customers about 12:30 Thursday morning. On the utility’s website, a map shows the outages spread across most of Nassau and into western Suffolk.

A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said police had received about 15 reports of downed trees and power lines, a typical number for windy weather.

Numbers were not available for Nassau County, but downed power lines prompted the state Department of Transportation to temporarily close portions of Northern Boulevard in western Nassau, according to informny.com.

On the Long Island Rail Road, a downed tree at about 8:10 p.m. led to minor delays on the Port Washington branch and another tree that had fallen near the tracks delayed several trains on the Port Jefferson branch at about 10:30 p.m. Downed trees on several lines and signal problems delayed more than a half-dozen trains Wednesday night, according to the railroad’s Twitter account.

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