Tri-State At Risk For More Severe Weather This Week, Tornadoes Possible


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New York City's typical summer simmer has given way to a monsoon season, with torrential downpours, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes possible for the area Monday and going forward into the week.

The potential reprise of severe storms comes just days after remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa caused widespread flash flooding in the area (including in the subways) and two confirmed tornadoes in New Jersey.

The National Weather Service announced that there is a slight risk of severe storms Monday; the Storm Prediction Center upgraded the risk to a two out of five on its scale, reports NBC New York.

Storms rolling through the Tri-State on Monday could bring wind gusts of nearly 60 miles per hour and rainfall of up to 2 inches per hour in some areas. Tornadoes are also possible.

The areas in coastal New Jersey and New York City that were drenched last week are again at risk for flash flooding. More than 20 million people could be affected by the floods.

A flash flood watch has been issued for the entire Tri-State area through early-Tuesday, with the exception of the easternmost point of Long Island.

As usual, drivers are cautioned against attempting to drive through flooded roadways. Mayor Bill de Blasio's office warned commuters that as little as 12-inches of fast-moving water can sweep away a car; 6-inches can knock over a person.

The volatile weather is expected to linger in the area for several days, with Wednesday at the highest risk for widespread storms.


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