Severe thunderstorms, flash floods expected throughout area Sunday

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
Tornado watch issued for parts of NY amid severe thunderstorms
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NYC Emergency Management is advising New Yorkers to prepare for potential severe thunderstorms and flash floods on Sunday. Brittany Bell has the latest.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A tornado watch has been issued for Nassau, Putnam, and Westchester counties Sunday as severe thunderstorms and flash flooding threaten the area.

Meteorologist Dani Beckstrom says pockets of heavy rain have reached the area and rounds of heavy rain could continue through the early evening.

An AccuWeather Alert has been issued. A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Westchester and Putnam counties, as well as most of New York City.

One to three inches of rain is expected, but isolated areas could see anywhere from three to five inches. Hail and strong wind is also possible.

Governhor Kathy Hochul provided New Yorkers with updates as severe storms slammed the region throughout Sunday.

"We are in danger seeing record rainfalls again substantial rainfall and every part of the eastern side of New York is under a flood watch at this moment," Hochul said. "And as I said before, this is possibly our new normal. This is the kind of weather that even what should normally be a beautiful beach going Sunday in July can turn into a devastating catastrophe because of Mother Nature."

Drivers should never drive through flooded roadways.

Near Philadelphia, severe storms and flooding Saturday left four people dead and four others missing. Storms continue on Sunday, with a tornado warning issued for Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

The latest round of storms come as several communities in Orange and Rockland counties are still cleaning up from flooding that happened nearly a week ago.

In New Jersey, portions of Hudson County are picking up the pieces following storms on Friday night. Residents are also under the threat of more rain.

ALSO READ | Orange County flooding leaves 1 dead as torrential rain falls on Hudson Valley


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