The Office of Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory for Monday in New York City due to expected severe weather.
There is a threat of thunderstorms and strong winds expected Monday afternoon into early Monday evening.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin after 2:00 pm. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and frequent lightning. Temperature will fall to around 70 degrees by 5:00 pm. Chance of precipitation is at 80%.
From 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM showers will be on and off throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Evening rush hour commute will be even slower then normal due to the rain. Give yourself extra travel time.
Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers to take precautions as a severe weather system is forecast to sweep across parts of the Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Capital, Mid-Hudson, and North Country regions today, with an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms.
These storms could begin as early as late morning in western parts of the state and are expected to move across the central and eastern parts of the state through this evening. The primary threat from these storms is high winds with gusts up to 60 mph which can cause power outages and other hazardous conditions as a result of downed trees and power lines. Additional impacts from the storm could include heavy rain and flash flooding, large hail, dangerous lightning, and isolated tornadoes.
Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to use caution and stay alert throughout the day in areas expected to be impacted by severe weather for rapidly changing conditions.
“It is critical that New Yorkers use caution today and stay prepared as severe weather is likely to impact many parts of the State,” Governor Hochul said. “The storm system moving through New York has the potential to cause power outages and downed tree limbs and power lines, and I am urging anyone in the path of these storms to keep a close eye on the weather and be prepared to act quickly if severe weather strikes.”
Severe weather is expected from late morning through the afternoon into this evening from central/eastern New York and western/central New England south into the Mid Atlantic region. Damaging winds will be the primary threat, but large hail and a few tornadoes are also possible. pic.twitter.com/ZLTVbg7p0X
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) May 16, 2022
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “We are actively monitoring any and all severe weather impacts that these storms may bring our way and coordinating any necessary response with our State agency partners and local officials. New Yorkers need to stay alert and be prepared to act, if necessary, in the event of severe weather. Be sure to check on your loved ones and neighbors, when possible, to ensure their safety.”