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As of 5:00 PM EDT, New Jersey and New York City were hit with SEVERE Thunderstorms, including straight-line winds over 50 MPH!!!!   Almost continuous cloud-to-ground lightning.  Some hail.  TORNADO POSSIBLE.

From 4:51pm EDT, Tue May 15 until 5:45pm EDT, Tue May 15

Action Recommended: Take shelter in place or per instructions

Issued by: New York City - NY, US, National Weather Service,

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NY HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... NORTHWESTERN NEW LONDON COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT... FAIRFIELD COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT... MIDDLESEX COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT... NEW HAVEN COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT... HUDSON COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY... PASSAIC COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY... UNION COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY... BERGEN COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY... ESSEX COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY... SOUTHEASTERN ORANGE COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... PUTNAM COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... QUEENS COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... RICHMOND COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... BRONX COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... KINGS COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... ROCKLAND COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... WESTCHESTER COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... WEST CENTRAL SUFFOLK COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... NEW YORK (MANHATTAN) COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... NASSAU COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW YORK... * UNTIL 545 PM EDT. * AT 448 PM EDT, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR WINDSOR LOCKS TO SHERMAN TO DANBURY TO NEAR POMONA TO BOONTON TO NEAR BLOOMSBURY, MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH. HAZARD...70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...MESONET OBSERVATIONS AND TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS. THE NEW YORK STATE MESONET SITE AT BEACON REPORTED WINDS OF 78 MPH AT 420 PM. IMPACT...MINOR HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS POSSIBLE. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES, ROOFS, AND OUTBUILDINGS. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... NEWARK, JERSEY CITY, JAMAICA, YONKERS, PATERSON, BRIDGEPORT, NEW HAVEN, ELIZABETH, STAMFORD, FLATBUSH, WATERBURY, NORWALK, DANBURY, NEW ROCHELLE AND FLUSHING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THESE STORMS ARE PRODUCING WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE ACROSS THE HUDSON VALLEY AND NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS! && TORNADO...POSSIBLE HAIL...1.00IN WIND...70MPH

 

 

Looking south toward the World Trade Center from Empire State Building as storm arrives:

 

New Yorkers take cover in Grand Central Station:

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