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Weather Alert: Big Storm Takes Aim on Long Island

Heavy rains, high winds and coastal flooding will turn Tuesday into a washout.

Get out the rain gear - Long Island is in for a wet one.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a large storm packed with lots of rain and winds to hit our area from Tuesday through Wednesday morning.

Two storm fronts - one coming the from the east and another from the south - will converge over the Northeast and create one gigantic headache for commuters.

"Heavy rainfall with isolation flash flooding [and] local severe storms" could be expected, according to an outlook from the NWC. "The time of greatest impact looks to be from late afternoon Tuesday into the early morning hours Wednesday."

A High Wind Watch is effect due to the forecast of sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 on Tuesday evening. Additionally there is a high Rip Current Risk in effect through Tuesday evening, bringing waves 4 to 6 feet high.

Minor coastal flooding and scattered power outages were also expected to be accompanying the storm, according to the outlook.

Specifically for the Five Towns area, the NWC says:

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 76. Windy, with a south wind 21 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible...[Tonight] Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 65. Windy, with a south wind 26 to 31 mph becoming west 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Stay with Patch as we track this storm. Make sure you subscribe to our Breaking News Alerts for updates throughout the storms, especially in the case of a power outage.


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