Strong thunderstorms soaked Long Island during the Monday morning rush hour commute, snarling traffic and the trains, downing trees and power lines and leaving about 15,000 homes and businesses without electricity.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for parts of Suffolk County through 2 p.m. after the downpours reportedly flooded roadways in Massapequa, Halesite, Lindenhurst and beyond.
The Long Island Rail Road cited weather related signal problems when it temporarily suspended service on parts of the Port Jefferson and Babylon lines. Several peak trains were also cancelled and delays of up to 70 minutes were reported.
The Long Island Power Authority reported more than 15,000 of their 1.1 million customers were without electricity at about 10 a.m. Crews are working to restore power.
Monday morning’s storm turned out to be no different than how LI left off Friday evening when severe thunderstorms sparked similar outages, delays and flooding.
Showers and thunderstorms may continue through 4 p.m. Monday before turning partly cloudy at night.
A 30-percent chance of showers is forecast for Tuesday, mostly after 2 p.m. and continuing after sundown. That chance of showers continues into Wednesday before clearing up later in the day with highs near 82.
It is expected to be mostly clear and in the 80s on Thursday, Friday and Sunday—although a 30-percent chance of showers Saturday could dampen part of the weekend.