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Flood watch in effect as heavy rains, winds to hit LI Thursday

Ready for another drenching?

Long Island can expect an average of 2 to 3 1/2 inches of rainfall starting early Thursday morning and lasting into the evening, the National Weather Service said.

We can expect thunder and wind gusts of up to 35 mph, said Peter Wichrowski, a weather service meteorologist based in Upton. A flood watch for the area is in effect through Friday night.

Thursday's storm is related to the massive line of fierce weather walloping the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, but Long Island is expected to avoid the most severe impacts.

Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma has already recorded 6.72 inches of rainfall this month, making it the wettest first 11 days of June since records started being kept in 1985, forecasters said. The June rainfall record of 10.8 inches was set in 2003.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea drenched Long Island on June 7, dumping about 3 inches in most places.

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