The heavy rainfall that pounded the region as Tropical Storm Elsa struck overnight is expected to subside by late morning, according to the National Weather Service.
A tropical storm warning and flash flood watch remain in effect until noon. Up to two more inches of rain was expected to fall this morning, officials said.
So far the unrelenting rain has had the biggest impact on the region, though heavy winds have been a factor farther east, according to the NWS.
In Riverhead Town, Sound Avenue was closed between Hulse Landing Road in Wading River and Fresh Pond Road in Calverton due to flooding, police said. The closure was expected to be in effect until the early afternoon. It was the only reported closure on the North Fork as of 9:30 a.m.
In Southold Town, Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando said a handful of trees were down and they were hearing reports of localized flooding.
“All the town roads are passable,” he said.
Drivers are advised to use caution this morning as hydroplaning is possible on roadways, some of which have begun to pond, the NWS said.
PSEG-Long Island was reporting outages affecting fewer than 1,000 customers as of 6:30 a.m., but none on the North Fork. The bulk of the outages in Suffolk County were to the west and closer to the South Shore, a PSEG-LI outage map showed. PSEG said it restored power for more than 9,500 customers overnight.
Sustained winds of about 17 to 24 mph are expected this morning with gusts over 30 mph, but conditions should improve before noon with the rain mostly subsiding. There’s a forecasted high temperature of about 82 degrees Friday, according to the NWS.
The sun is expected to make a return Saturday morning though rain is possible at times throughout the weekend, when temperatures are expected to remain in the high 70s to low 80s.