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Update on Major Hurricane Sam, the rest of the tropics, and thunderstorms for Long Island:

- Major Hurricane Sam has re-strengthened to a Cat 4 with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, and some additional strengthening is possible. It will pass well east of Bermuda though, and then it's uncertain if it will affect Newfoundland, as you can see in the tracks from the Euro ensembles.

- Invest 90L and Invest 91L are both likely to become Tropical Depressions today or tomorrow, but they won't be a threat to the United States (see the Euro ensembles in the 3rd image). The next 2 names on the list are Victor and Wanda.

- There's no change to the forecast for Long Island, as there will be a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening as the cold front moves through. There is a chance for some brief heavy downpours and possibly gusty winds, and hail can't be completely ruled out. Dry weather then from tomorrow through the weekend with only a VERY slight chance of a light and brief passing shower on Thursday, but it's almost not worth mentioning.


LONG ISLAND FORECAST:

Today: Partly cloudy in the morning and then mostly cloudy with some scattered showers and thunderstorms likely with some brief heavy downpours with gusty winds possible, and hail can't be ruled out. Highs in the mid to upper 70's. Wind mostly out of the W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A chance of evening showers and thunderstorms, and then clearing skies towards midnight and turning cooler with lows in the mid 50's. Wind out of the N to NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60's. Wind out of the N at around 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a very slight chance of a passing shower with highs in the mid 60's. Wind out of the NNW at 10 to 15 mph

Friday: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 60's. Wind out of the NNW to NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60's to around 70 degrees. Wind out of the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60's. Wind out of the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers with highs in the upper 60's.









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