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Wind and wet weather trigger thousands of outages on Long Island

Carolan Dmuchowski, 19, pushes her 6-month-old son Jay

Carolan Dmuchowski, 19, pushes her 6-month-old son Jay with boyfriend Brendan Washington, 25, down flooded Guy Lombardo Avenue in Freeport on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The couple said there had been barely any water on the street when they left 20 minutes before. Credit: Newsday / David Olson

South Shore communities flooded and emergency crews scrambled to remove toppled trees and restore power to thousands of homes Saturday in the wake of a storm packing strong winds and steady rain.

No major weather-related incidents were reported, but residents in South Lindenhurst and Babylon woke up to flooded streets.

The water got to within a few feet of Eugene Frugone's Lindenhurst home.

"This is normal for us now -- the street flooding. We've been here since '72 and the only time we got water in the house was during [superstorm] Sandy," Frugone, 68, said Saturday morning. "When the tide goes down, all of it will be gone."

By 11:47 p.m., about 851 homes remained without power, down from a peak of about 6,400, according to PSEG Long Island.

"As quickly and as safely as we can get our customers back up, we're doing so," utility spokesman Jeffrey Weir said. "When the winds gust it can be dangerous, so we ask our customers to have a little patience as we work through this."

In Suffolk County, 2.14 inches of rain fell at Carmans River between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. yesterday, according to the National Weather Service. In Nassau, Lynbrook saw the most rain with 1.97 inches.

Light rain, chilly temperatures and wind gusts up to 40 mph soured turnout Saturday for public events across Long Island. Road closures in some areas, many caused by fallen tree limbs, snarled traffic.

The annual Irish Heritage Day Parade in Long Beach had three marching groups cancel, but organizers pressed on.

As the parade began, the starting point on Beech Street was virtually devoid of spectators.

"Usually it would be packed," said Billy Crowe, the parade's senior grand marshal.

Still, there is encouraging news: The Island will be spared a brush with Hurricane Joaquin, which continues to move eastward over the Atlantic, and after patchy morning drizzle Sunday, a stretch of pleasant weather is on tap.

"It's a little bit of a gradual improvement," said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the weather service in Upton.

Temperatures Sunday afternoon are expected to reach the low 60s. The next few days should be warmer, with temperatures in the mid- to high 60s and no rain, forecasters said.

With David Olson

and Sarah Armaghan

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