Iron Pier Beach. File photo: Peter Blasl

(Updated: 9:15 a.m.) A coastal storm is bearing down on the area this morning, bringing strong winds, moderate to occasionally heavy rains and coastal flooding.

The strongest winds associated with the storm will impact the East End, where gusts of up to 60 mph are expected, according to National Weather Service forecasters. Peak winds will occur this morning, the weather service says, as the low currently off the coast of  Delaware moves north and east. A high wind warning is in effect until 4 p.m. and a coastal flooding warning is in effect until 5.

Heidi Behr Way remained closed this morning as flooding from overnight high tide receded. Photo: Peter Blasl

Heidi Behr Way along the Peconic Riverfront is currently closed to vehicular traffic due to flooding that occurred overnight at the high tide. The next high tide will take place on the East End mid-afternoon. No other local roads have been closed, Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson said this morning.

The windy weather is bringing down limbs and branches around Riverhead. PSEG is reporting scattered power outages affecting more than 6,900 customers around the island as of 9:15 a.m.), including in Wading River, Calverton, Riverside and New Suffolk.

A PSEG-LI crew sets up in Wading River near Wildwood State Park, where more than 40 customers were without power Saturday morning. Photo: Peter Blasl

Report power outages online. Text 773454 to get outage alerts. Report all downed lines at 1-800-490-0075.

A storm warning is in effect for local waters, where winds of 25 to 35 kt. with gusts up to 50 kt. are pushing seas of five to eight feet on the eastern Long Island Sound. Waves of thee to four feet are expected on the bays, according to the NWS marine forecast.

Cross Sound Ferry has canceled all departures today and the weather has caused flight disruptions at area airports. 

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