Storms Lash Tri-State, Flooding Roads and Knocking Out Power

Damaging wind gusts and heavy downpours hit the tri-state

By Steve Sosna
|  Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:58 PM EDT
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Severe storms continued to lash parts of the New York City metropolitan area Tuesday night, bringing blinding downpours and intense winds as tornado watches lingered.

A tornado warning was briefly issued for the southwestern part of Suffolk County before it was canceled.

A  tornado watch remained in effect for both Suffolk and Nassau counties through 11 p.m. 

There were warnings of possible damaging wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and hail in addition to the flooding rains. 

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Blinding downpours accompanied the storms, causing street and highway flooding in local drainage areas. Flooding on the FDR drive was causing extensive delays from East 125th Street to East 34th Street Tuesday night, and the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle saw flood-related delays long past rush hour. 

In Yonkers, a downed tree took out a power line, leaving about 30 homes without power. Cars were under water in parts of Monroe, and there were reports of downed trees and flooded streets across Orange County. 

Mass transit was also delayed as a result of the weather. Metro-North reported delays between Greenwich and Stamford, Conn. as five trains were stuck on the tracks because trees were down. Earlier, the Harlem and New Haven lines were slowed because of a downed tree. The trees have been cleared on both lines. 

Track delays at local airports and on Metro-North and on New York City Transit and the Long Island Rail Road.

About 11,700 Consolidated Edison customers in New York City and Westchester were without power Tuesday night. 

The Long Island Power Authority said over 16,000 customers were without power, mostly in Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County. 

In New Jersey, about 6,300 PSE&G customers and about 14,000 Jersey Central Power and Light customers were without power. Wind gusts ripped a facade from a tattoo shop on the Wildwood boardwalk and the top of an old oak tree landed on the roof of a home in Ridgewood. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Students at Indian Hills High School in Bergen County were dismissed after power went out at the school. 

A wind advisory is in effect from noon until midnight for most of the Garden State. 

Low clouds, wind and powerful thunderstorms caused delays at area airports throughout the day. 

The weather looks better Wednesday into the remainder of the week, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s through Friday and partly or mostly sunny skies.

Two twisters touched down in New York City earlier this month. The first went through the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. The second hit to the northwest, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. No injuries were reported.

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