The heavy rains and blustery winds that covered most of Long Island Monday afternoon won't last long. By Tuesday, things should return to normal. For January, that is.
On Tuesday, light rain fell in the morning of parts of Long Island, but the skies should clear by the end of the day. Strong winds through the region still persist, however, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Temperatures today are expected to reach the mid 40s.
Monday's rain and wind that gusted from 36 mph to 55 mph caused more than a few problems.
In Farmingville, a car ran into a power pole on Portion Road, west of South Howell at about 12:15 p.m. "Our crews were out there to make repairs, but reported no injuries," LIPA spokesman Mark Gross said.
From around midnight, heavy winds were responsible for about 10,000 power outages, Gross said. At about 10 a.m., LIPA had reported about 2,800 outages.
On the southbound Meadowbrook Parkway, a fallen tree closed the right lane north of Exit M7 at Babylon Turnpike for more than 50 minutes, starting about 1 p.m.
The reason for the afternoon deluge - and unseasonably warm temperatures - was a later front moving west to east, said Brian Ciemnecki, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
An overnight warm front made for warmer morning temperatures, including a record high of 53 degrees at 9:12 a.m. at Islip, breaking the previous mark of 52 in 1990, the agency said. The average Long Island high temperature for January is 38 degrees.