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Rain drenches LI, tornado watch ends for Nassau, NYC

Heavy rains hit Long Island's South Shore Friday

Heavy rains hit Long Island's South Shore Friday evening, July 1, 2016. Cars traveling on West Beech Street and National Boulevard had to navigate through flooded roads in Long Beach. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

No sign of a twister appeared Friday night as the tornado watch ended but rain pockets continued moving overnight across Long Island.

Isolated storm clouds were headed east across New York City and the Island and all hints of rain would be off the East End shores by 4 or 5 a.m., said meteorologist John Cristantello of the National Weather Service in Upton.

“They’re weakening as they even get to the city,” Cristantello said just before midnight. “Most of the fireworks, to use a bad pun for this time of year, is already over with.”

Parts of the city saw flooding and the storm dumped hail over New Jersey, but much of the Island escaped such weather.

Reports of power outages and wind damage on the Island were isolated, the service said. Riverhead police said some trees were downed but no one was injured. By midnight, about half an inch had fallen over Islip, the weather service said.

The tornado watch for the city and Nassau County ended at 10 p.m. The chance of a twister had been slim, just 5 percent, the National Weather Service said.

The July Fourth weekend should dawn sunny, the meteorologist said.

Warm, less humid air is expected for the weekend, according to forecasters, with high temperatures from Saturday through Monday, the holiday, in the low to mid-80s.

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