50mph Gusts May Spark Power Outages, Forecasters Warn

Wind gusts up to 50 mph Thursday could cause tree branches to fall and hit utility lines, leading to power outages on Long Island, in addition to making driving difficult, forecasters warn.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory through 6 p.m. Thursday for Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the tri-state area as northwest winds of 20-to-30 mph hit the region.

“[The] strongest winds will occur through this afternoon,” the agency’s Upton-based meteorologists said in a statement.

There were 28 power outages affecting 533 homes and businesses as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to PSEG Long Island.

The temperature was 20 Thursday morning, but the wind chill made it fell like 4. Temps will hit a high near 28 Thursday and are expected to drop down to 15 after sundown, when the winds are forecast to die down.

Friday will warm up to 41 but will still be breezy before dropping down into the 30s at night.

A slight chance of rain is forecast for a partly sunny Saturday when temps hit 50 and Sunday may see a chance of rain and snow at night into Monday.

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