The New York City Emergency Management Department advises New Yorkers of the potential for severe weather this afternoon. The National Weather Service has placed the city at an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon through the evening, with damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail, and rain possible. A total of 0.25 inch of rain is expected with this event, but locally higher amounts are possible. Localized minor to moderate urban flooding may occur in low-lying and poor drainage areas. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
“The damaging winds and potentially severe thunderstorms expected this afternoon may create dangerous travel conditions. New Yorkers are advised to limit travel and stay inside during periods of severe weather. If you are outside during a thunderstorm, avoid open areas and try to seek shelter indoors,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell. “We are working closely with National Weather Service to monitor this afternoon’s conditions, and are prepared to respond rapidly to any impacts.”