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Forecast: A soggy, windy commute in store for Long Islanders

The heavy rain has pushed out of Nassau and will continue to push east overnight, News 12 Long Island meteorologist Sam Augeri said Wednesday. A flood advisory and wind advisory are in effect for Nassau and could extend to Suffolk as well. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

Long Islanders can expect a soggy, windy commute Thursday morning after a coastal storm Wednesday night brought heavy rain and powerful gusts, and caused moderate flooding.

The storm was expected to have passed by Thursday morning, leaving behind wind gusts that could hit at least 40 mph, partly sunny skies, and a high of 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service's Upton office.

Heavy rain and high winds hit the Island just in time for the Wednesday night commute but there were no reports of major traffic tie-ups. Evening flights departing Kennedy and LaGuardia airports experienced lengthy delays, PSEG customers across Long Island were without power, and service was suspended on at least one Long Island Rail Road line. 

Forecasters had predicted between 2 and 3 inches of rain in some areas.

A wind advisory for areas east of the William Floyd Parkway in Suffolk County will remain until 6 p.m. Thursday, News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said.

An advisory for "minor to moderate flooding" was issued for 9 p.m. Wednesday through 1 a.m. Thursday, with "significant beach flooding and erosion" at high tide along the South Shore. For Suffolk, the timing differed slightly, running from 10 p.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. Thursday.

PSEG reported more than 11,000 customers affected by power outages as of 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Many of the outages were in Hempstead and North Hempstead, officials said. In Suffolk, Huntington and Babylon bore the brunt of the outages. 

Elizabeth Flagler, PSEG Long Island spokeswoman, said the company had employees working double shifts Wednesday night, which would continue until power was restored to affected customers.

“We have a robust workforce on throughout the night," Flagler said. "Crews will work 16-hour shifts to respond safely and as quickly as possible.”

Inbound flights at LaGuardia Airport were delayed on average 50 minutes Wednesday night, officials said. Departing flights out of Kennedy Airport were delayed at least an hour and inbound flights at Newark International Airport were delayed on average 2 hours and 26 minutes, officials said.

The LIRR reported that service on the Central Islip and Ronkonkoma branch of the railroad was suspended late Wednesday night between Deer Park and Ronkonkoma because of low-hanging wires. Buses transported stranded passengers, officials said.

Friday will still be breezy but is predicted to be partly sunny, with a high of 61 degrees. The wind, expected from the northeast, could clock 28 mph in gusts.


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