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Heavy Rains To Give Way To Sunshine For Weekend

Friday, May 16 Storm System

CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn tracks a storm coming later Friday, May 16. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Heavy rains pounded the area and prompted a flash flood warning Friday night, but a sunny weekend was set to follow.

During the 10 p.m. hour, torrential rain was inundating the boroughs of New York City. Puddles formed on the Long Island Expressway, and minor flooding was seen in Howard Beach, Queens.

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The heaviest rain was expected to be over with by the wee hours Saturday morning, Quinn reported. Many cities will see very little rain, but some might see 1 to 2 inches, or even more.

Street flooding is an issue, but the storm is not likely to cause river levels to rise significantly, Quinn reported.

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A flash flood warning was in effect until 12:30 a.m. Saturday for all the boroughs of New York City except Staten Island, western Nassau County; Westchester and Rockland counties; Hudson and eastern Bergen counties in New Jersey; and southern Fairfield County in Connecticut.

The heaviest rain also coincided with a high tide on the Atlantic Ocean and western Long Island sound, which was poised to make flooding even worse on the South Shore of Long Island, and southern Fairfield County in Connecticut.

Weather-related delays were reported at area airports earlier, but delays only persisted late Friday due to volume at LaGuardia Airport, and due to runway construction at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Earlier, Public Service Electric & Gas reported Friday night that about 4,000 customers were without power in Edison and Westwood in Bergen County. It was not immediately learned if the weather knocked out the substation that caused the outages.

By 9:50 p.m., power had been restored to all customers.

The rain was expected to clear out by mid-morning Saturday, and the high was expected to top out at 75 degrees Saturday as sunshine returned.

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