Heading for heavy weather

09/30/2010 12:00 AM |


A relatively brief but torrential rainstorm caused localized flooding on area streets Tuesday afternoon. The intersection of Front and First streets in Greenport (pictured here) was particularly hard hit.

A brief but torrential rainstorm that caused localized flooding Tuesday afternoon could pale compared with weather anticipated for today, Thursday, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole — a torrential rain producer — merge with another storm system along the East Coast, wreaking havoc on the North Fork into tomorrow morning.

The Weather Channel is warning of “heavy, flash-flooding rainfall and gusty winds” today and into tomorrow, while the National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Northeast Suffolk County from 11 a.m. today until 6 a.m. tomorrow.

The National Weather Service warns of sustained winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph and possibly up to 60 mph at the peak of the storm Thursday evening. High tide in the Peconic Bays will occur between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. today, depending on the location.

On Tuesday, during the brief but intense local rainstorm, the intersection of Front and First streets in Greenport was particularly hard hit by flooding. And a crew from the Southold Town Highway Department was called to Orient to clear fallen leaves from clogged drains on Village Lane.

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