(Updated- 4 p.m.) Strong east winds with gusts of up to 50-55 mph are expected to impact the local area tonight, as a low pressure system forming off the mid-Atlantic coast moves across Long Island.

The rapidly intensifying coastal low will bring steady rain into the area this afternoon, becoming moderate to heavy at times later this afternoon into this evening.

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a wind advisory from 6 p.m. tonight until 1 a.m. Tuesday and a coastal flood warning for tonight’s high tide cycle.

“This afternoon’s high tide will occur around 2:15 p.m. with tides running 2 to 2 1/2 feet above normal. The overnight high tide cycle will occur around 3 a.m. with those tides running 3 to 4 feet above normal,” Riverhead Police said in a weather and travel advisory issued this morning. “Anyone living in a low lying area should pay close attention to each tide cycle,” police said.

A flash flood watch is in effect in New York City.

Rain should taper off to scattered showers from west to east late tonight, according to the forecast.

As the low moves out of the area, winds will shift to the west and increase to 15-25 mph with gusts 30-40 mph across the NYC metro area and Long Island. 

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