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Severe storms to strike city this evening; isolated tornadoes possible

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Isolated tornadoes are possible as part of the severe storms that are expected to hit the city this evening.

Powerful thunderstorms are forecasted to reach the city between 5 and 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The storm’s  strong winds, heavy rain, large hail and threats of tornadoes prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center today.

“New Yorkers should be especially aware of the weather conditions when making their travel plans today and monitor local news reports and weather alerts throughout the day,” Cuomo said.

Residents face lightning, winds nearing 60 mph, hail up to one inch in diameter and one to two inches of rain per hour, according to the NWS.

The NWS issued a special weather statement that expires at midnight.


Severe thunderstorm watch issued in Queens

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Severe thunderstorms currently over New Jersey are expected to strike Queens in the late afternoon.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area with damaging winds and hail possible.

The borough last week dealt with an intense storm that knocked out power to thousands of residents while knocking down branches throughout Queens.

Rain is forecasted to begin falling at about 3 p.m. The watch will remain in effect until 11 p.m.


More than 2,500 Queens residents without power

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More than 2,000 Queens residents are without power thanks to a powerful storm that swept through the area with high winds, rain and hail.

Downed power lines have knocked out electricity for approximately 1,000 Con Edison customers in both Fresh Meadows and Middle Village.

A spokesperson for the company said overhead wires are susceptible to braches, rain and hail during thunderstorms.

Con Ed workers are currently at the scene.

The company estimated the power will be restored in these areas by approximately 3 a.m.

Outages of this sort are easier to restore than infrastructure problems, the spokesperson said.

These are not the only areas experiencing problems from the storm; nearly 500 residents in Maspeth are without power along with 50 in Clearview.

Other outages are scattered throughout the borough.


Severe thunderstorms, flash flooding expected this afternoon

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While many residents were still traveling to work, thermometers had already hit 90 degrees, with triple digit temperatures and severe thunderstorms still in store.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for until 6 p.m. with the heat index expected to reach 105.

New Yorkers will begin to get relief tomorrow when temperatures return to the mid-80s, but not before severe thunderstorms pass through the area.

The recent high heat and humidity has created an unstable atmosphere, this will lead to intense storms, the NWS said.  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Queens.

Rain will begin falling between 2 – 4p.m. Large hail and winds up to 60 mph are possible, the NWS said, and up to two inches of rail may result in flash floods.


Severe thunderstorm warning issued

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The Heat bested the Thunder last night, but some thunder may do away with the heat today.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded the severe thunderstorm watch to a warning.  Winds of 50 mph are expected shortly, the NWS reported.

A flood advisory has also been issued.  some areas may see up to an inch of rain over the next hour.

The watch will remain in effect for Queens until 9 p.m. tonight.

The storm should help break the heat and humidity that have blanketed the city the past three days.  Temperatures over the weekend are forecasted for the 80s.



Rain in forecast through Thursday; flood advisory issued

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After a May with the most rain since 2004, more precipitation is forecasted for every day this week.

Approximately a quarter inch of rain is expected today, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), higher in areas that get hit with thunderstorms.

Due to the expected rains, the NWS has issued a coastal flood advisory for Queens for tonight into early tomorrow morning.

Low-lying areas along the shoreline should expect minor to moderate flooding.

New Yorkers have grown used to the rainy weather after more than 5.75 inches of rain fell in May, the second most rain in the month this millennium, and it isn’t likely to stop anytime soon. Three of the first four days of June have seen rainfall, and the forecast predicts a better than 30 percent chance of rain everyday through Thursday.