Morning storms caused flooding & power outages across Long Island.
Smithtown, NY (SmithtownRadio.com) – Long Islanders woke up to the rumbles of nature Saturday morning as a line of severe thunderstorms moved across the region. The storm formed over Nassau County and found its way out over the East fork of Long Island but not before slowing commutes and leaving major roadways under water.
At approximately 9:30am a flash flood left every lane of the Sagtikos Parkway under water between Long Island Avenue and Crooked Hill Road in Deer Park. Fire personnel had to rescue trapped passengers in a vehicle that was overcome by water. The road was re-opened just after noon, Saturday.
The downpour which spanned over an hour in some areas also lead to more unsafe driving conditions in Smithtown. The storm caused flooding on Rt. 25A underneath the train tressel and a crossing gate on Lake Avenue malfunctioned as well. In Hauppauge, passengers had to be rescued from their vehicle on Oser Avenue after it was carried by five feet of water.
As of 1:45p.m. LIPA is addressing outages that leave 1,337 customers without power.
Conditions favorable for storm development continue through late Saturday. The National Weather Service’s storm prediction center has issued a slight severe weather outlook for Western parts of Suffolk County.