Severe weather, possible tornadoes in New York area

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    The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for parts of the New York area for Aug. 27, 2020.

    NEW YORK – As a line of powerful thunderstorms moved across the Northeast U.S. on Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, and other weather alerts for many counties in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Tornado Warnings were also posted during the afternoon but have since expired.

    A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties in New York: « Cluster of embedded supercells will spread from the Lower Hudson Valley across southwest New England with a risk for all severe hazards, » according to NWS.

    A Tornado Watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Otsego, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Ulster counties in New York; Litchfield County in Connecticut; and Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania.

    « A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area, » NWS says. « Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. »

    A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means that either trained spotters or radar have reported severe weather. « Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property, » NWS says.

    Severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon into the evening could bring large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes to the eastern Catskills, Mid-Hudson Valley, southern and central Taconics, and northwestern Connecticut, according to the NWS Storm Prediction Center.

    If a Tornado Warning is in effect, NWS urges people to: « Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. »

    New York City’s Emergency Management Department issued a Notify NYC alert to residents to prepare for the possibility of severe weather, although the National Weather Service doesn’t have any weather alerts in effect for New York City.

    « Periods of heavy rain may result in localized minor to moderate urban flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas, » Notify NYC said in the alert. « Damaging winds and potentially severe thunderstorms may also create dangerous travel conditions. »

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    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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