Severe Weather Warning for New York

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New York City at an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon, with rain, damaging winds, and large hail possible, the NYC Emergency Management advised. Full Story

The New York City Emergency Management Department advises New Yorkers of the potential for severe weather this afternoon.

The storm will happen between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. These storms have the potential to produce severe weather, including damaging winds, hail and possibly a tornado.

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.”

Safety Tips

Strong winds can bring down trees and power lines and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. They can also cause power outages. To prepare for these hazards, New Yorkers should:

· Check the area immediately surrounding your home for unsecured objects or potentially dangerous conditions. Tree limbs, garbage cans, yard debris, or other materials that can be moved by the wind are potential projectiles aimed at your home or parked vehicle.

· Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.

· Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.

· Close up and secure patio furniture.

· Secure retractable awnings.

· Remove aerial antennas and satellite television dishes.

Charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting. If you lose power, items that need refrigeration will stay cooler for longer.
Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Keep extra batteries.
If you lose power and have a disability, access and functional needs or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, dial 911.

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