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Severe Thunderstorms Could Bring Strong Winds, Large Hail

National Weather Service reporting chance of rain is 60 percent.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening in across Nassau County with a threat of torrential rain, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, cloud to ground lightening and large hail, according to the National Weather Service. Flash flooding is also possible.

The severe heat and humidity has created a very unstable atmosphere, according to the National Weather Service. The thunderstorms are expected to reach New York City and coastal locations between 2-4 p.m. before moving offshore by early evening.

Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. The storms could produce 1 to 2 inches of rainfall in a short amount of time, according to the National Weather Service.

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A heat advisory for northern and southern Nassau remains in effect until 6 p.m. A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity makes it feel like 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours.

As a result of the heat wave, the Town of Hempstead is keeping the pool at in Wantagh open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The town is also utilizing the as a cooling center for residents to escape the heat. 

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Chris Wendt July 18, 2012 at 07:09 PM
15:00 hours, Wednesday, Long Island City Storm cell is moving easterly across the East River toward Astoria, Queens. Cloud-to-ground lightning visible, wind gusting 20+ knots.

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