Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Rain and strong winds — most from the remains of Hurricane Patricia — are expected to hit Tompkins County, the Southern Tier and other areas in Central New York late Tuesday and throughout Wednesday, reports say.

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The hurricane — which is the the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere — reached maximum wind speeds of 200 mph on Friday afternoon, The Weather Channel reported. is reporting that as the remnants of the storm move toward the Great Lakes,  low pressure will start to interact with another system crossing southern Canada. The two systems will then  merge into a single large storm.

Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service.

In Ithaca, rain is expected to start just before midnight  Tuesday. By 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, there will be a 40 percent chance of rain.

According to the National Weather Service, showers are expected to last throughout Wednesday with gusts of wind from 15 to more than 30 mph. More than an inch of rain is expected and thunderstorms are possible late in the evening.

The showers will last into Thursday with more than a 50 percent chance of rain being predicted, but most rain will dwindle by late Thursday evening, the weather service says.

Multiple forecasts are indicating that wind will be less than 15 mph Thursday.

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Jolene Almendarez

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