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Long Island, NY (WPIX) — A brief but intense storm overnight flooded roadways and promised a messy morning commute before the rain moves out and ushers in another stretch of beautiful weather.

Flooding was widespread but hit Long Island especially hard.

Dozens of cars were submerged in several inches of water along the Southern State Parkway near Exit 37 (Belmont Avenue), as seen in dramatic webcam video from the New York State Department of Transportation.

Sunrise Highway in Valley Stream was closed in both directions for flooding, and in Nesconset, fire crews deployed boats to rescue people from cars stranded near Nichols Road and Roy Drive.

Major flash flooding was reported from Babylon to Islip and up to 495. In Islip, some 12.21 inches of rain have fallen since midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The wet weather is expected to improve Wednesday afternoon.