Bad news for people in New York who were planning for a great Independence Day holiday weekend. The National Weather Service, earlier today, issued thunderstorm warnings for parts of New York city and surrounding areas. Hours later, an even more alarming tornado watch was issued for the region. The tornado watch will be in effect in NYC until 10 p.m., on Friday, NY Daily News reports.
Meanwhile, several weather reporting websites — including The Weather Channel — have warned people to expect “high winds and hail starting mid-afternoon.” The storm is expected to clear by 11 p.m. A tornado warning issued for Dutchess County expired in the afternoon.
By afternoon, isolated, heavy showers started to develop across the region and several people took to social media — especially Twitter — to report about the weather. Several images and videos were also posted. We have embedded a few posts and tweets below.
Extremely heavy rain and thunderstorm Flash flooding warning union Nj pic.twitter.com/xdE3ILbps2
— showtimelimousine (@showtimelimonj) July 1, 2016
— Cissy Kenyon (@nascarcissy48) July 1, 2016
Crazy thunder & lightening, tornado touched down a few miles away, now a transformer blew. Great????
— Niki Militello (@nikivegas) July 1, 2016
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) July 1, 2016
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of CT, MA, NJ, NY, PA, VT until 10 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/EVzywzEXe0
— NWS Tornado (@NWStornado) July 1, 2016
hail storm and rain in elmwood park nj pic.twitter.com/13Bc77t0Ji
— luis (@realluisdiaz) July 1, 2016
Radar check Most of the storms have passed to our east. Spot storms still possible. Rainbow watch is on pic.twitter.com/GIxJ2d79D4
— NY1 Weather (@NY1weather) July 1, 2016
A flood advisory was also issued in the evening which will remain in effect until 7:45 p.m. EDT. The areas covered under this advisory include Northwestern Litchfield, Southeastern Ulster, and Dutchess counties. Several areas are expected to face minor flooding after more than two inches of rain fell in the span of a few hours. Regions where flooding may happen include Torrington, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, New Paltz, Ellenville, Sherman, Pawling, Wallkill, Hyde Park, Plattekill, Pleasant Valley, Wappingers Falls, Amenia, Kent, Sharon, Highland, Fishkill, Norfolk, Millbrook, and Litchfield. More rainfall is expected in these regions for the next few hours.
Areas affected by the tornado watch include eastern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern New Jersey, western Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. The areas where severe thunderstorms are expected include northern Virginia, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
In some good news, the weather is expected to clear up just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations. In fact, the forecast for Saturday is “sunny skies with a high of 85 degrees and a low of 67 degrees.” On Sunday and Monday, expect some cloudy weather with a high of 86 degrees and low around 70 degrees.
Tornadoes are rare in New York city. However, there are occasional weather conditions that may result in the formation of tornadoes. The National Weather Service keeps monitoring these conditions and issues a warning as soon as they figure out that a tornado is plausible. Usually, tornado warnings last no more than four to eight hours. The last major tornado to hit the city was six years ago when the 2010 Brooklyn/Queens tornadoes hit the boroughs on September 16, 2010. In the same year, another tornado was reported in the Bronx on July 25.
Meanwhile, there are reports of flight delays at several airports in the region. NBC 4 New York also reports that several fireworks displays that were scheduled for Friday evening have now been canceled.
Have you been in any way, affected by the weather conditions in the area?