Heidi Behr Way along the Peconic Riverfront in downtown Riverhead closed due to flooding in a 2014 storm. File photo: Peter Blasl

A storm moving into the area tonight is expected to bring widespread heavy rainfall, strong winds and coastal flooding late tonight into tomorrow morning, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, a coastal flood advisory is in effect from 6 to 11 a.m. Friday and a flood watch is in effect from late tonight through late Friday night.

The storm system will drop two to three inches of rain across the region, the weather service said in a statement early this morning.

The first wave of heavy rainfall should occur after midnight tonight with the next period of heavy rain late Friday morning, with the potential for thunderstorms tomorrow, according to the weather service forecast.

Winds of 30-35 mph tomorrow may gust up to 45 mph, with the strongest winds expected across Long Island and eastern Connecticut.

Temperatures tomorrow will rise into the upper 50s, well above average high temperatures for this time of year.

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