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Tropical Storm Danny expected to hit LI

This Aug. 27, 2009, satellite image from the

This Aug. 27, 2009, satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Danny, the fourth named tropical system of the 2009 hurricane season. Photo Credit: Wunderground.com image

Tropical Storm Danny is expected to bring strong winds and rain to Long Island Saturday, with the East End getting the brunt of gusts and precipitation, forecasters said Thursday.

The storm, aided by a warm front, is expected to bring gusts of up to 35 to 40 mph and waves 10 feet to 15 feet high, said Brian Ciemnecki, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

"You don't want to go into the waters. The waves are going to be rough," Ciemnecki said.

---Click here to see photos of LIers surfing during Hurricane Bill

Danny weakened a little Thursday night, with maximum sustained winds dropping to near 50 mph. It was about 515 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., moving north at 6 mph, the weather service said. Ciemnecki said Danny was expected to pick up speed overnight.

The storm will continue north and northwest and is expected to pass near Montauk Saturday at around 2 p.m., Ciemnecki said.

Danny formed in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday and, initially, forecasters said the storm could hit Long Island. Now, forecasters say Danny is not expected to pass over land.

Heavy rains, but no heavy flooding, were forecast for New Jersey. Around New England, residents were warned to prepare for the possibility of heavy rains and flooding.

The greatest area of concern is from Boston south to Providence and east, said meteorologist Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. Forecasters expect up to 5 inches of rain in isolated areas, prompting some fears of flooding.

Yesterday, marina owners on Long Island were checking boat lines to make certain they were secure and watching the storm.

Donna Neff, a bookkeeper with Gone Fishing marina in Montauk, said some owners of the 170 docked boats had called to ask about foul-weather plans. But nothing was being done until the forecast provided more answers about the storm's path, she said.

At Babylon Marina, Arlene Smith said boat owners weren't rushing to the marina to make preparations.

"Even if people don't call, we check their lines," said Smith, whose marina is home to at least 50 boats.

With Keith Herbert and wire service reports

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