Morning commutes were stalled because of the rain and wind caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.
The National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain for the area, and has issued a flood watch that will be in effect until the afternoon. Up to two inches of rain is likely. All Atlantic facing beaches have been issued a high surf advisory, with 7 to 11 foot waves expected. Heavy beach erosion is possible.
High winds are also battering the island, with wind gusts of 45 mph recorded in Farmingdale early this morning. The Long Island Power Authority has currently reported 3,519 power outages in Nassau County and 1,632 in Suffolk.
Several roads, including major highways, have been closed due to flooding.
- The Northern State Parkway is closed in both directions at Exit 35 (106/107)
- The westbound right and center lanes of the Northern State Parkway are closed at exit 25.
- The left and center northbound outer roadway is closed just north of Stuart Avenue.
- Hempstead Turnpike is closed in both directions at the intersection west of NCMC in East Meadow.
With Associated Press
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