UPDATED: Severe Weather Pummels Three Village Area, LIPA Reports Local Outages

Heavy rain and wind are expected through the late afternoon.

The number of LIPA customers without power in Three Village surged to over 100 before service was restored, according to LIPA's Storm Center.

Scattered outages and estimated times of power restoration for those LIPA customers vary and can be viewed on the Storm Center's website.

Some residents reported a downed tree on Old Town Road around 4 p.m., and drivers encountered a brief road closure while LIPA crews fixed a downed wire, according to police.

Local and national weather sources have warned of severe weather late Wednesday afternoon, along with predictions of heavy wind and varying temperatures into Thursday.

At 5:08 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for parts of Suffolk County in effect until 6 p.m. The agency issued an earlier flood advisory which was in effect until 2:30 p.m., and followed it up with a severe thunderstorm warning and predictions of winds up to 60 miles per hour.

A local weather blogger has said a cold front moving through the region will likely bring a nearly 30-degree swing from daytime high temperatures in the 60s to lows in the 30s overnight and 40s on Thursday. But Matt Hammer, the East Setauket resident who runs the weather blog Hammer Out the Weather, pointed to the wind as the "more impressive story of the day."

"In any strong thunderstorms the winds could be amplified even more and we could see gusts higher than 60 miles per hour," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we had scattered power outages in and around the Three Village area both during and outside of any storms this afternoon. Watch out for downed trees and power lines as well."

As he drove around the Three Village area today, Hammer found himself weaving around residents' trash cans displaced by wind and rain.

"It's very dangerous out there on the roads," he said. "The rain will taper off to showers, but we'll have the wind still around and so there may be debris on the roads. The wet leaves on the roads pose a major concern as well because driving over wet leaves is similar to driving over ice!"


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