Severe Storms Sweep Through Tri-State Area

July 27, 2018 - 1:47 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Severe thunderstorms with downpours, lightning and dangerous wind swept through into the Tri-State Area Friady afternoon.

A flash flood warning was in issued for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as much of northeastern New Jersey until 6 p.m., and some warnings have been extended until 9 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued in the late afternoon for southeast Somerset and northeast Middlesex counties in New Jersey.

A severe thunderstorm watch was also in effect until 10 p.m. Friday for the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau County, all the north suburban and many upstate counties, most the western half of Connecticut, and nearly the entire state of New Jersey.

CHECK: Weather Forecast

WCBS 880 Chief Meteorologist Craig Allen reported as of just before 4:30 p.m., showers and thunderstorms were stretching across the Amboys were headed to Hudson and Essex counties in New Jersey, as well as Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn and Queens. The storms ended up hitting Staten Island particularly hard and leaving some areas flooded.

The storm system brought over 30 strikes of lightning per minute, with frequent cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

The storms will persist Friday night, with downpours, and in some cases damaging wind gusts and hail.

The forecast high for Friday was 87 degrees, but conditions will cool, of course, when the rain breaks out.

The storms will dissipate to spotty showers late Friday night. Conditions will remain humid with a low of 72.