Updated: Tornado Watch in Effect for New York City, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch

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Update, 2:55 p.m.: There is now a severe thunderstorm watch in effect too. More information below.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for New York City, effective until 5 p.m. Monday.

Meteorologists are predicting heavy rain, gusty winds, thunderstorms, and potential tornado action across a stretch of New York state.

Counties affected include Albany, Bronx, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Kings, Madison, Montgomery, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Westchester, and Yates.

Per the National Weather Service:

An intense cold front associated with brief heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds will cross the area from mid morning through mid afternoon. Rainfall of around one inch will fall in less than two hours, which will cause poor drainage [and] flooding, especially in urbanized areas. Also, the roadways are currently covered with leaves, which could block culverts and cause minor flood problems.

The front will be associated gusty winds to 40 mph. This could bring down tree limbs and power lines resulting in scattered power outages. There is also the potential for the development of some stronger thunderstorms, with the primary threat [being] more widespread damaging winds or even an isolated tornado.

See also: Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras's Last Ride.
See also: The Great Maybe-Tornado of 2010.

It wouldn't be the first time a tornado has hit New York. Here's what it looked like when one touched down in Brooklyn back in 2010:

Update, 2:55 p.m.: Now there is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect too.

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