More thunderstorms in New Jersey and New York; tornado alerts expire

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A day after a tornado touched down in New Jersey, another round of powerful storms passed through the tristate New York area prompting more tornado alerts. You can expect Round 3 on Thursday but the storms won't be quite as intense.

The Storm Prediction Center lowered the risk for severe thunderstorms on Wednesday but isolated severe storms still popped up. The storms brought heavy rain and damaging wind and prompted some tornado warnings but no tornados have been reported.

On Thursday, another round of rain showers is expected and thunderstorms are possible, according to meteorologist Audrey Puente. The bulk of the rain is likely to hit central and southern New Jersey. The Hudson Valley will probably be spared from the more intense weather. 


The NWS issued a Tornado Warning and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for certain counties in New Jersey and New York at various times on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Those alerts have expired.

What does a Tornado Warning mean?

"A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows," the NWS said. " If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris."


A Tornado Watch was in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday for much of New Jersey. That alert has expired.

What does a Tornado Watch mean?

"Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room," the NWS said. "Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching."


A Flash Flood Watch was in effect for many counties in New Jersey but has expired.

What does a Flash Flood Watch mean?

"Heavy rain is expected to occur over a short period of time. Rapidly rising flood waters may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage," the NWS said. "Streams and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties."

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