3:45 PM: Rain, Storms Moving Out
Earlier this morning through the early afternoon hours, ahead of a cold front moving through the area, a strong thunderstorm developed over south central Long Island, near Freeport, NY, tracking northeast while expanding through the morning hours. By noon, the storm covered most of central-eastern Long Island, especially eastern Suffolk county, and southeastern CT with heavy rain and flash flooding, gusty winds, and multiple reports of hail. Rainfall estimates from eastern Suffolk county, mainly in The Hamptons area, are as high as 2-4 inches, even locally higher in isolated spots.
These storms have moved out of the area within the last 1-2 hours, and are currently located near southern Rhode Island. Behind the cold front moving through the area, more sunshine and drier conditions will return later today, with slightly cooler temperatures and noticeably lower humidity returning for Wednesday and Thursday before a brief yet more significant cool down on Friday. More information on this morning’s storms and the upcoming forecast will be posted with this evening’s forecast discussion.