The Friday night skies were loud, but the heavy rain and lightning were nothing special -- just typical of a thunderstorm, the National Weather Service said.

Rain fell at a rate of 1-1.5 inches per hour -- also typical -- before the storm moved off Long Island and over the Atlantic Ocean, said meteorologist Faye Barthold at the service's Upton office.

Wind gusts of as much as 55 mph and cloud-to-ground lighting were forecast, but there were no reports of heavy flooding and downed trees, meteorologists said.

The storm started moving in about 6 p.m. and departed shortly after 7:30 p.m., leaving cloudy skies that were expected to clear overnight, the National Weather Service said.

At least the long Columbus Day weekend is expected to deliver perfect fall weather.

Temperatures turn a little cooler Saturday, with highs in the mid- to low 60s.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said Friday morning that, overall, the extended Columbus Day weekend is likely to be mild and mostly sunny.

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Sunday calls for mostly sunny skies with high temperatures near 70, and Monday is a near repeat, he said.

Foliage seekers will find Long Island to be in the "just changing" category, meaning color change is at around 10 percent, according to the New York Fall Foliage Report's weekly update.

"Spotters based in Melville report orange, yellow and red leaves of average brilliance just beginning to emerge," said the report, which is found at

Not all that far away, the Hudson Valley is at the beginning to midpoint of change, the report says, with Rockland County featuring a 50 percent transition.

With Ellen Yan