There is a 100 percent chance of rain late Tuesday night on the East End of Long Island, but what should really concern residents are the wind gusts, which are expected to reach around 50 miles per hour.
Powerful gusts, plus water-saturated ground, could mean drowned trees and branches — and downed power lines.
According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected Tuesday mainly after 10 p.m. The wind is expected to be between 14 and 19 miles per hour before midnight, then 24 to 29 miles per hour after that in Southampton. Wind gusts are forecast to reach as high as 48 miles per hour.
Between half and three quarters of an inch of precipitation is expected Tuesday night, then another quarter to half of an inch possible Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook stating that wind gusts will mainly reach their heights along the coast, and that moderate coastal flooding is possible along the South Fork.
There may also be minor urban flooding of low-lying areas with poor drainage during the Wednesday morning commute, the weather service warns.