Heavy rain, strong wind gusts and minor flooding hit Long Island Thursday night, knocking out power to thousands. Credit: Newsday

A sunnier weekend forecast for Long Island could give folks a chance to dry out after Thursday night's heavy rain caused minor flooding, downed trees and cut off power across Long Island. 

The weekend looks “pretty good” compared to Thursday, said Dave Radell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton. Saturday will remain breezy, with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to high 50s during the day and low 40s at night. Sunday will show even more sun, with temperatures in the mid 60s.

Showers may return Sunday around 8 p.m. — but it won’t be a repeat of Thursday.

“It’s not looking like a big rainmaker at this point,” said Radell.

The forecast calls for a 30% chance of showers Saturday before 2 p.m., with gusts up to 34 mph. Through Saturday night, the skies will gradually clear as the gusts diminish to a high of 30 mph.

There is a 20% chance of showers Sunday after 2 p.m., according to the weather service. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 68 and winds up to 13 mph. Sunday night brings a 30 percent chance of showers, with a low around 54, the forecast said. 

Thursday's high winds created some hazards for Long Islanders.

A downed tree on the northbound side of the Meadowbrook State Parkway, north of the Southern State Parkway, temporarily closed the right lane Friday morning, New York State Police said. It was reported at 10:15 a.m. and cleared by 11:26 a.m. It did not cause  accidents or injuries, police added.

In Nesconset, Evelyn Iriarte said she walked outside her home on Brooks Avenue Friday to find her new car crushed by a fallen tree.

“I just had my car for two months,” said Iriarte. “It was brand new. It was just scary.”

Friday afternoon, PSEG reported that 281 customers were without power, compared to 3,741 Friday morning. A wind advisory was in effect Friday morning, predicting gusts up to 50 mph.

Southern Nassau County, which was issued a coastal flood advisory on Wednesday and Thursday, was also impacted, as water flooded Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport early Friday.

The service recorded a quarter inch to more than 1 inch of rain Thursday night, affecting the North Shore the most.

Radell said Thursday's rain moved "fairly quickly, so that's been one thing that's kind of helped to manage flooding from the rain."

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