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Rainstorm causes hours of flight delays

Flights in New York City airports were delayed by as much as three hours as the brunt of a rainstorm swept across Long Island during Tuesday's afternoon rush hour.

Arrivals were running late an average of three hours at John F. Kennedy International Airport and more than 2.5 hours at LaGuardia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Departures averaged 45 minutes to an hour late at Kennedy and as much as 45 minutes at LaGuardia at 6 p.m., but delays were expected to increase, the FAA said.

The National Weather Service said they have not gotten any reports of major flooding and coastal erosion. Suffolk and Nassau police departments said they had no word of major, weather-related accidents.

Meteorologists said the storm moved east out of Nassau during rush hour, and the heaviest bands of rain, over the service's Upton office at 6 p.m., would be gone from the Island some time Tuesday night.

During the heaviest rain, gusts of as high as 40 mph whipped across the Island, slowing rush hour traffic more than usual.

Less than a quarter inch of rain was recorded at Upton by 2 p.m., but that was before the heaviest rain fell, said meteorologist Lauren Nash. Rainfall totals will be taken again at 8 p.m., she said.

Lows Tuesday night were forecast to be in the mid 30s, the service said, and skies should be clear Wednesday, with highs in the mid 40s.

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