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Forecast: Less chance of storms Tuesday night

A satellite image shows an approaching weather system

A satellite image shows an approaching weather system for Long Island. (June 18, 2013) Photo Credit: Weather Underground

The chance of hazardous storms moving through Long Island Tuesday night was downgraded, meteorologists said, after earlier warnings of thunder and gusty winds.

By early evening, the chance of thunder, lightning strikes and strong wind gusts had dwindled, said Dan Hofmann, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

Still, the storm was expected to drop an average one-third to half-inch of rain through Wednesday morning, the service said, with up to an inch and some flooding possible in localized areas.

Area airports were experiencing some weather-related delays. As of early evening Tuesday, some arrivals faced average delays of 52 minutes at Kennedy Airport and almost two hours at LaGuardia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website.

Departures there, as well as from Long Island MacArthur Airport, could be affected, and the FAA advises travelers to check with their airlines.

Starting Wednesday, though, "it's dry through the weekend," said Joe Pollina, also a meteorologist based in Upton.

High temperatures Wednesday are expected to be in the mid-70s, climbing to the lower 80s by the weekend, Pollina said.

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