Forecasters are predicting more showers and intense thunderstorms across the tri-state area as tropical-like air hangs over the state.
Storms packing powerful winds and heavy rain swept across parts of New Jersey on Thursday, lingering stubbornly over central and northern parts of the state. The wet trend continued Friday, extending into New York City where isolated thunderstorms are expected to strike throughout most of the day before a stronger, potentially severe storm hits the area.
Damaging winds and blinding downpours carrying more than an inch of rain are possible with the later storm, forecasters say. Officials caution residents to be aware of flash flooding in low-lying and poor draining areas. A tornado warning issued for Suffolk County expired at 2:15 p.m.
A tornado watch was issued until 9 p.m for Middlesex, New Haven and New London Counties in Connecticut.
Intense cloud-to-ground lightning is also expected to be problematic with this storm system. Area airports reported extensive flight delays around 2 p.m., with Newark International Airport experiencing delays of nearly four hours, and LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport experiencing delays of two hours and 50 minutes and two hours and 25 minutes, respectively.
Forecasters predict the showers to continue overnight with a strong thunderstorm also possible. The weather stays wet on Saturday, with highs in the low 80s and isolated showers throughout most of the morning.
Another strong thunderstorm is possible Saturday before the skies turn partly sunny and the air less humid on Sunday.
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