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Storms weaken as they approach LI, forecasters say

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This radar image from the National Weather Service shows atmospheric conditions at 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. A severe thunderstorm warning had been put into effect for parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties, but was later canceled. Credit: National Weather Service

A line of strong thunderstorms that led forecasters to issue a special statement late Wednesday afternoon for areas of Long Island has weakened and moved out of the area.

But watch for more showers and possible gusty winds through about 8 p.m., said Jay Engle, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

While there was a report of a downed tree limb in Rego Park, Queens, he said he had received no reports of damage on Long Island as of 5:45 p.m.

An earlier severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Nassau County and southwestern Suffolk County had been canceled, according to the National Weather Service.

Gusts of around 45 mph were reported in New York City as the line of showers and thunderstorms moved in, said Jim Connolly, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

Arrivals at Kennedy Airport were delayed an average of around 90 minutes, with delays also reported at LaGuardia and Long Island MacArthur airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's website.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Samantha Augeri earlier said that "the best chance for showers and possibly a thunderstorm would come after 4 p.m. ahead of a cold front. It will also become breezy this afternoon, with winds out of the southwest and that will keep our beaches a little bit cooler."

While making for a potentially wet evening commute, the rainfall -- just around a quarter of an inch for Nassau, diminishing to a few hundredths of an inch for the East End -- is expected to start moving out after around 7 p.m., Barthold said.

Overnight lows in the low 40s are expected.

Starting Thursday, daytime highs for most of the next several days are in the mid-50s, a bit cooler than normal, Augeri said.

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