A severe thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds may impact travel and cause localized flooding
National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 10 PM
July 1, 2016 — The New York City Emergency Management Department alerts New Yorkers of the potential for severe weather this evening. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the New York City area until 10:00 PM. A Tornado Watch indicates that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. A tornado has not yet developed or been reported.
"The heavy winds and potentially severe thunderstorms expected this evening may create dangerous travel conditions," said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. "New Yorkers should stay inside during periods of severe weather. If you are outside during a thunderstorm, avoid open areas and try to seek shelter indoors."
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur in and close to the watch area. Persons within these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. 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. Flash flooding cannot be ruled out during the periods of heaviest rain.
New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
During a thunderstorm, NYC Emergency Management urges New Yorkers to remain indoors. To stay safe during a storm, New Yorkers should follow the safety tips below.
If you are indoors:
If you are caught outside:
What to Do if a Tornado Strikes
Go to your basement or the lowest point of your residence. If an underground shelter is not available, move to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
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