Damaging wind gusts are possible; trees, power lines vulnerable.
Story by Joe Dowd
The National Weather Service
has issued a high wind warning
for Long Island in effect beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and overnight into 6 a.m. Thursday.
The federal agency warns that dangerous high winds and damaging wind
gusts up to 60 mph are possible as night falls.
The wind could continue
through the overnight hours into dawn.
Heavy rain is also forecast in connection with the storm system
barreling toward the Northeast from the west Wednesday afternoon, the
The latest forecast is a blow to Long Island, a region still recovering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
The evening's strong winds in combination with heavy rain could bring
down whole trees, large limbs and power lines.
The weather service
recommends securing outdoor objects. The conditions could pose a hazard
to anyone driving or walking outside Wednesday night and to houses and
other structures near larger trees.
Heavy rain is possible along with fog. Thunderstorms are also possible after midnight, the NWS said.
Driving conditions will also be difficult, especially in taller
vehicles and on elevated roadways and bridges, the weather service said.
The NWS issues high wind warnings when sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more are forecast.
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