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Most Power Restored After Storms Hit Long Island

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A tractor and other equipment stand on the tarp to prevent it from blowing away in high winds after Tuesday night’s baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays was postponed because of inclement weather, at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Long Island is almost back to normal Wednesday, following severe storms that hit the area and left thousands without power.

The Long Island Power Authority reported that 539 customers are without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. More than 15,000 customers were in the dark during the peak of the storm Tuesday night.

Motorists found themselves stranded on flooded roadways throughout the Island including Huntington, Kings Park, Syosset and Glen Cove. Downed trees also plagued the Long Island Rail Road tracks and roads, including Route 111 in Brentwood.

Power lines were reportedly downed in streets in West Islip, Searingtown, East Meadow, Bethpage, Stony Brook, Garden City, Bayville, Oyster Bay Cove and Hicksville.

More than two inches of rain was reported in East Meadow, Islandia and Middle Island.

The National Weather Service had Suffolk County under a tornado warning Tuesday night after meteorologists said doppler radar picked up a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a twister 14 miles southwest of Gilgo State Park or 10 miles southeast of Long Beach.

Preliminary storm reports showed winds with gusts of 55 mph at Gilgo Beach and 41 mph at Islip MacArthur Airport.  Tornadoes previously hit Bohemia last month and NYC on Sept 8.

While the next few days are forecast as clear and sunny, a moderate risk of rip currents on Atlantic beaches will remain until Wednesday evening.

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