NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A flash flood warning was in effect on Saturday afternoon for all of New York City and several surrounding counties, as severe thunderstorms whipped through the area.
The flash flood warning was in effect until 5:30 p.m. for all five boroughs, as well as Westchester, Rockland and northern Nassau County, and Passaic, Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
Rainfall rates of up to 1.5 inches are expected, and could cause flooding on highways, streets and underpasses, the NWS warned.
All five New York City boroughs, as Nassau, western Suffolk and southern Westchester County, and southeast Union, Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey, were also under a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m. when the warning was dropped.
NWS Doppler radar described the severe thunderstorms as being capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The storms also are producing continuous cloud-to-ground lightning, prompting the NWS to warn residents to get inside at once.