NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - Powerful thunderstorms passed over parts of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York Monday. The National Weather Service issued several weather watches and warnings, which have now expired.
Forecasters expected heavy rain, hail the size of ping-pong balls, and wind gusts of up to 70 mph are possible. Tornadoes were also possible, although none have been reported yet. Reports are coming in of fallen trees and downed power lines all over the tristate.
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The heaviest of rain and storm conditions arrived in the late afternoon and into the evening as numerous showers and thunderstorms developed across the area ahead of a slow moving cold front.
The National Weather Service recommended you take precautionary measures if you're located within the storm area:
Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature's leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
New York City sent out a warning about wind gusts in excess of 40 mph being possible in the storms.