The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the New York area until 5PM this evening. Although Suffolk and Nassau are not specifically being advised, there is a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Long Island, and locals are advised to take caution.
In a statement made earlier today, Governor Cuomo said “I strongly encourage all New Yorkers to take extra precautions and stay tuned to local media reports for the latest information on today’s storms,” of the situation.
New Yorkers are advised to stay inside, and be aware that flash flooding may occur. High winds are also to be expected later this evening, accompanying a strong cold front, and the NWS advises that strong gusts of wind may lead to isolated power outages throughout the region. The wind gusts could reach or exceed 30 to 40 MPH, and could easily take down weak branches, and exacerbate the situation.
In his statement, Governor Cuomo also advised that outdoor furniture, trash cans, and other loose items be taken inside or secured, and to stay inside as the storm approaches. If travel is absolutely necessary, it is recommended to check for traffic updates before heading out to avoid driving over flooded roads.
Be sure to check back for updates, which we will provide as more information becomes available.
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