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Surprise severe storm August 3, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in News, Personal, Travel, Weather.
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Most of Nassau County got an unpleasant surprise late Monday afternoon.  At around 3PM, a severe thunderstorm developed ranging from northwest to central Nassau and eastern Queens.  It was nearly stationary, expanding and intensifying rather than moving.  The storm brought torrential rain, extensive lightning, and golf-ball sized hail.  Wantagh, where I live, was on the fringe of the storm.  We were limited to distant lightning and thunder, moderate winds, and heavy-but-not-torrential rain.  But the fear between 3:50 and 5:20 was the storm would eventually get to us.  But as quickly as the storm developed, it slowly dissipated and moved offshore.  My hamlet was spared, but points north and west weren’t so lucky.

Read all about it (to borrow a phrase) in these links:
Long Island Weather Examiner: Parts of Nassau County rattled by violent storms
Long Island Press: Thunderstorms Prompt Flood Watch in Nassau
Wall Street Journal: Hail and Rain Wallop Region
Newsday (subscription needed): Strong storms knock out power, LIRR service
CBS 2 (WCBS): Hail Storm Shatters Windows, Rattles Nerves In Queens Neighborhoods

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