Though we welcomed some summer-like weather this weekend (including plenty of humidity!), the rainy season isn’t over…yet.
Today (Monday, May 16), severe weather is forecasted to hit NYC and the surrounding areas, as a cold front combines with a line of heavy thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service’s latest briefing says that thunderstorms are likely to take place in NYC (along with Northeast NJ, Lower Hudson Valley, and Western LI) between 2 and 7 p.m.
Currently there is the possibility of:
- Damaging winds, with wind gusts possibly reaching over 58 MPH
- 1-inch hail pieces that could damage cars
- Isolated tornadoes are possible
- There is also a marginal flash flood risk, due to heavy rainfall
⚠️Severe thunderstorms are expected in many parts of the region later today.
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) May 16, 2022
NYC’s Emergency Management System has also issued a travel advisory for today
“As unsettled weather continues to impact our area, New Yorkers should prepare for a wet, windy commute Monday afternoon and evening,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol.
We urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution and prepare for potential power outages. If you must travel, consider using public transportation and allow for extra travel time, and if you must drive, do not enter flooded roadways. We also encourage New Yorkers to take extra care to secure their property. Bring in any loose, lightweight objects like garbage cans, potted plants, or lawn furniture that can be easily blown away.
You can read more specific safety suggestions in their announcement here.
According to the local meteorologist account New York Metro Weather, things will clear up around 7 p.m. but will remain windy. They note that dangerous lightening could also be a hazard.
Latest update from SPC maintains a Level 3/5 (Enhanced) Risk for severe storms in parts of the NYC Metro later today.
– Damaging wind gusts are the main threat
– Heavy rain, lightning and isolated tornadoes also possible
– Timing of the worst storms 4pm – 7pm from west to east pic.twitter.com/Is38dIDw5z
— New York Metro Weather (@nymetrowx) May 16, 2022
Stay safe, NYC!