File photo: Peter Blasl

A high wind warning has been issued for Long Island ahead of a powerful storm that will pass over the region overnight.

The storm will bring potentially damaging winds to the area, with gusts up to 65 miles per hour and sustained winds between 30 to 40 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The highest winds are expected on eastern Long Island and the south shore.

The high wind warning is in effect from 11 p.m. tonight until 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Though the storm will also bring rain and the possibility of thunderstorms, rainfall impacts are expected to be minor, with flooding limited to urban areas and areas with poor drainage.

The bigger risk will be from the storm’s high sustained winds and near-hurricane-force wind gusts, which could cause downed trees and power lines, according to the weather service.

Travel will be hazardous overnight, and power outages are possible.

Following the storm’s departure Friday morning, temperatures will drop quickly, plummeting from the mid-50s tonight to a low of 18 by Friday night.

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