Intense Winds, Heavy Rain Move into Tri-State

Winds may be strong enough to knock down power lines and trees in some areas.

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    Raphael Miranda's weather forecast for Tuesday, December 27, 2011 (Published Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011)

    Downpours and intense wind gusts moved into the tri-state Tuesday afternoon, and were forecast to sock the area into Wednesday morning.

    Wind gusts reached up to 55 mph along the coast and Long Island into the early overnight hours. Winds were so strong in Ronkonkoma, they tore off the roof and blew out the windows of a hangar at MacArthur Airport, according to officials. No injuries were reported.

    Wednesday will be continue to be windy, but gusts will be less intense. The rain is predicted to move out by early Wednesday.

    By storm's end, about half an inch to an inch of rain will have fallen. There may be some minor flooding in poor drainage areas since the rain was expected to fall quickly.

    Residents are urged to take caution against the heavy winds, which may blow around any loose items outside. Tree branches may snap on weaker trees.

    Power outages are also possible where the highest wind gusts occur, mainly on Long Island, coastal New Jersey and in Connecticut.

    The National Weather Service has put the entire Garden State under either hazardous weather outlooks or wind advisories because of the storm.     

    Inland areas are under hazardous weather outlooks where dangers include strong winds and flooding in areas with poor drainage.

    In New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk counties are under a wind advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    As always, check back with NBCNewYork.com for the latest weather information, including live interactive radar and forecasts.