Storm Team 4

Gusty Storms Bring Wild Winds; Flash Floods Make Some Streets Impassable

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What to Know

  • A flash flood warning was issued for Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County, as well as parts of New Jersey as gusty thunderstorms threaten to disrupt afternoon and evening travel across the tri-state area
  • The likelihood of any severe weather is low with this system, but virtually the entire region is in the "possible" zone for severe weather risk
  • Partly sunny skies return Friday with highs in the mid-80s, but lower humidity will make it feel much better than it has for most of the week

Powerful storms are expected to rock parts of the tri-state area later Thursday, threatening damaging winds, hail and flash flooding along with torrential rain.

The morning stayed quiet, but thunderstorms brought gusty winds and downpours in the afternoon, disrupting travel across the region later in the day. Tropical downpours started soaking parts of Monmouth County by midday, dumping rapid, heavy rain that made its way up to Brooklyn and Queens.

Brooklyn and Queens were issued flash flood warnings during the early part of the evening, as were Nassau and Westchester counties in New York along with Fairfield County in Connecticut. By 5 p.m., there were already multiple reports from those counties as well as Putnam County of roads flooding over and becoming impassable.

A flood advisory was also in effect for Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey; the latter two counties are under a flash flood warning until 6:15 p.m. Check the latest weather alerts for your neighborhood here.

Virtually the entire tri-state area is in the "possible" zone for severe weather risk, though that overall threat remains low. The biggest threat is damaging winds. There's still a chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms throughout the tri-state until about 8 p.m. Mercifully, Thursday's storms will clear out the humidity that smothered the region for most of the week. Thursday's highs are barely expected to hit 80.

Friday's highs bounce back up to the mid-80s under partly sunny skies, though the drop in humidity will make the air feel much more tolerable than it has for the last few days. Expect similar conditions with slightly lower temps through most of the weekend. The chance for rain returns Sunday afternoon and lingers through the better part of next week -- so enjoy the sun while you can.

Track the approaching storms using our interactive radar below.

Storm Team 4's Raphael Miranda has the latest details regarding Tropical Storm Ophelia's path and projections as it hits the tri-state.
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