Severe storms roll through upstate NY

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for east-central New York and northwestern Connecticut through 10 p.m. Friday as a series of severe storms blew through the area.

In New York, the watch included Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Rensselaer, Ulster, and Washington Counties. In Connecticut, this watch includes Litchfield County.

There is still a chance for showers and thunderstorms across the Tri-State area overnight into Saturday morning.

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."

Earlier Friday evening, a Tornado Warning was active for Ulster County in New York. That alert expired at 7:45 p.m. The NWS said that it had detected radar-indicated rotation.

In a tornado, flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter, according to the NWS. "Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed," it said. "Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely."

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for several counties, too.


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