A powerful storm system bringing heavy downpours and damaging winds has resulted in numerous downed tree limbs, leading to road closures and power outages.
Just before 8 a.m. on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 PSEG Long Island is reporting 8,194 customers without power as a result of 319 separate outages.
Most of the outages are in Nassau County, where 6,513 were without power.
In areas hardest hit, residents are being urged to avoid travel Christmas morning to allow utility crews to clear roadways and conduct repairs.
Winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour occurred overnight.
Moderate to locally heavy rain will continue early Friday morning, the Nationa Weather Service said.
The rain will lighten and eventually end late this morning into the afternoon.
Total rainfall of 2 to 3 inches with localized higher amounts is expected.
Excessive runoff in areas of low lying and poor drainage, as well as urban areas, could result in flooding. Some area rivers and streams may exceed bankfull.
Temperatures will fall from the mid 50s to the low 40s in the afternoon on Friday.
There will be a chance of showers through 9 p.m., followed by a slight chance of snow showers between 9 p.m. and midnight.
It will be much colder overnight, with the low temperature in the mid 20s and wind-chill values between 15 and 20 degrees.
Saturday, Dec. 26 will be mostly sunny with the high temperature around 32 degrees and wind-chill values between 15 and 20.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for southeast New York and southern Connecticut until 11 a.m. Friday.
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for much of the region.
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