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Long Island weather: Wind advisory in forecast on rainy Tuesday

A pizza delivery man battles wind and rain

A pizza delivery man battles wind and rain at the Plainview Shopping Center Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Credit: Barry Sloan

Tuesday evening on Long Island was wet and windy, even exceeding in intensity the predictions of some forecasters.

Showers moved in from the south and, by nightfall, had drenched much of Long Island, though Nassau County had been expected to remain dry in some spots during the day, said Patrick Maloit, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

Winds picked up Tuesday, with heavy showers affecting parts of Long Island, forecasters said.

Power outages caused by the wind and rain affected at least 1,638 customers, said Elizabeth Flagler, a spokeswoman for PSE&G Long Island, who added that technicians were working overtime to fix the problems.

“Crews will continue to work throughout the night to restore power safely and as quickly as possible,” she said. “It has been a busy day due to the weather and crews have been working hard all day.”

A wind advisory is in effect through 2 a.m. Wednesday for Suffolk County, warning of sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, gusting up to 45 mph. The advisory for Nassau, lasting through 10 p.m. Tuesday, warns of sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 45 mph.

Flight delays for arrivals at Kennedy Airport were averaging close to four hours, the Federal Aviation Administration said, with departures also affected.

The chance of rain overnight into Wednesday is 100 percent, the weather service said, with showers potentially continuing through the day.

After a wet and blustery Tuesday, Long Islanders hoping for a break from the rainy weather may need to wait another day.

Wednesday brings the continuing chance for showers, with temperatures rising to the mid-60s, forecasters say.

There was a 40 percent chance for showers Wednesday and Wednesday night for parts of Long Island, according to the National Weather Service’s late Tuesday afternoon forecast. Highs at Long Island MacArthur Airport were expected to be around 67 degrees.

Thursday takes a turn to the cooler side, with highs in the low 60s, which is the case with Friday as well, the weather service said. That’s still above normal for this time of year, which is around 60 degrees.

Thursday could start out dry, but chances of showers arrive in the afternoon.

Friday looks to be sunny.

With William Murphy

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