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Severe weather warning for NYC tonight: Storms, hail, possible tornado

National Weather Service says to stay inside.

May 29, 2019 Mary Frost
More storms, hail and possibly even an isolated tornado is predicted for New York City’s Wednesday rush hour. AP Photo/Mike Groll
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This evening’s rush hour could be a windy, dangerous mess.

The National Weather Service warns that hazardous weather — including damaging wind, thunderstorms, large hail and possibly an isolated tornado — might hit New York City Wednesday evening.

The heaviest period of rain and thunderstorms is expected between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to New York City Emergency Management.

“The increased potential for severe thunderstorms may create dangerous travel conditions this evening,” NYC EM Commissioner Joseph Esposito said in a statement.

“New Yorkers should stay inside during periods of severe weather. If you are outside during a thunderstorm, avoid open areas and immediately seek shelter indoors.”

More storms, hail and possibly even an isolated tornado is predicted for New York City’s Wednesday rush hour. Shown: Hail the size of golf balls fell in Bulls Head, Staten Island on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Karen Asher O’Neil and Lynda Price
Hail the size of golf balls fell in Bulls Head, Staten Island on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Karen Asher O’Neil and Lynda Price

EM advises residents to stay away from tall, isolated trees and other tall objects during the storm. In addition, during thunderstorms, avoid open areas like fields or parking lots, water and anything wet.

Never touch or go near downed power lines, even if you think they are safe. Report any downed power lines and avoid standing in floodwater, as it can carry electrical current.

In case of power outages, charge cell phone batteries and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or if you use Life Sustaining Equipment and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1.

If a tornado approaches, go to your basement or the lowest point of your residence, a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows.


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