Update, 2:55 p.m.: There is now a severe thunderstorm watch in effect too. More information below.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for New York City, effective until 5 p.m. Monday.
Meteorologists are predicting heavy rain, gusty winds, thunderstorms, and potential tornado action across a stretch of New York state.
Counties affected include Albany, Bronx, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Kings, Madison, Montgomery, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Westchester, and Yates.
Per the National Weather Service:
An intense cold front associated with brief heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds will cross the area from mid morning through mid afternoon. Rainfall of around one inch will fall in less than two hours, which will cause poor drainage [and] flooding, especially in urbanized areas. Also, the roadways are currently covered with leaves, which could block culverts and cause minor flood problems.
The front will be associated gusty winds to 40 mph. This could bring down tree limbs and power lines resulting in scattered power outages. There is also the potential for the development of some stronger thunderstorms, with the primary threat [being] more widespread damaging winds or even an isolated tornado.
It wouldn’t be the first time a tornado has hit New York. Here’s what it looked like when one touched down in Brooklyn back in 2010:
Update, 2:55 p.m.: Now there is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect too.[
At 2:55 p.m. on Monday the National Weather Service issued another alert. This time it’s a severe thunderstorm watch.
The warning covers parts of Connecticut, central Massachusetts, western Maine, New Hampshire, Long Island, central Vermont and the coastal waters, and is effective until 10 p.m. Monday.
According to the NWS, folks in those areas should be prepared for “damaging wind gusts” that could get as high as 70 miles per hour.
THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 45 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 85 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF BERLIN NEW HAMPSHIRE TO 10 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF ISLIP NEW YORK. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).
REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.