Heavy showers and thunderstorms hit the Tri-State area this morning, causing severe flooding, power outages and wind damage. As YW had reported earlier (HERE), the National Weather Service was investigating reports of a small tornado which touched down in Suffolk County.
OEM reported that an approximate 30,000 homes and businesses had no electricity. Winds were recorded up to 35 mph, and hail was reported in some places.
All three New York City area airports were reporting significant delays, with dozens of flights cancelled. The Port Authority is urging travelers to check with their carriers about their flight status.
The Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road both reported delays, and some lines had service completely suspended.
Many area roadways experienced flooding including the Van Wyck Expressway, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, the Harlem River Drive, the FDR Drive, the Grand Central Parkway, the Long Island Expressway and the Hutchinson River Parkway. Many of these highways had sections completely shut due to the flooding.
Forecasters said more storms were possible Wednesday afternoon, evening and Thursday.
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