Severe storms possible in NYC area Thursday

Strong to severe storms were possible on Thursday evening in the New York City region with strong wind gusts and a slight chance of tornadoes.

The worst of the storms were expected to hit the NYC area from around 6 p.m. until around 10 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Watches were in effect for several counties in New Jersey and New York until about midnight. 

>>Monitor Active Weather Alerts

The National Weather Service warned that there could be strong thunderstorms and localized wind gusts of up to 60 mph. The chance of tornadoes was not large and they would be most likely west of New York City, especially in northwestern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. 

"Portions of eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey have been upgraded to an Enhanced Risk, which is a little less common for our area this afternoon," the National Weather Service said.

There was a chance for small hail in the storms.

Localized flooding of urban and poor drainage areas is possible due to brief periods of heavy rain.

NYC Storm Timing

The storms were expected to move from the west to the east after 4 p.m. The storms should be out of the New York City area by around midnight.

The New York City Emergency Management Department issued an alert at about 4:30 p.m. about intermittent wind gusts exceeding 40 mph. 

"Strong winds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, & cause power outages," the alert stated.

In the Lower Hudson Valley, northeast NJ, and NYC the storms were supposed to hit from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Long Island and Connecticut, the storms were expected between 9 p.m. to midnight.


Tornado probability for Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Download the FREE Fox 5 NY weather app and always stay updated on storms.

Apple App Store: Google Play Store:

Fox 5 Weather Team on Twitter

Weather Resources