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Long Island forecast: ‘Nasty storm’ brewing for Sandy anniversary

A coastal storm with potential to bring heavy

A coastal storm with potential to bring heavy rains and high winds is looking increasingly likely to impact Long Island on Sunday, the fifth anniversary of superstorm Sandy. Credit: Newsday/News 12

A coastal storm with potential to bring heavy rains and high winds is looking increasingly likely to affect Long Island on Sunday, the fifth anniversary of superstorm Sandy.

Sunday’s system “won’t be that,” but still expect “a nasty storm,” said Richard Von Ohlen, News 12 meteorologist.

“The potential exists for a strong cold front to approach from the west, while an intensifying storm moves up the coast, Sunday into Sunday night,” the National Weather Service said in a hazardous outlook for Long Island.

Uncertainty remains as to the storm’s track, which will affect rainfall amounts, said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

Given a prolonged period of persistent winds from the south, residents should carefully monitor the potential for coastal flooding, Engle said.

Sunday through Sunday evening is expected to have southeast winds of 20 mph to 30 mph, gusting from 30 mph to 45 mph, particularly along the South Shore and East End. That means the downing of small tree branches, as well as widely scattered power outages, the weather service said in a late Thursday afternoon briefing.

Indeed, the storm is “going to pack a punch,” said Melissa DiSpigna, a weather service meteorologist in Upton.

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