Severe thunderstorms likely during evening commute


The threat of severe weather Monday had some people anxious.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued in Upstate New York for the second day in a row. Flash flooding due to torrential downpours and strong/damaging wind gusts are likely in any storms that develop. Any stronger storms that move over any given area will have the potential to put down a lot of rain in a hurry.

"I'm staying inside. I used to live in Florida and the thunderstorms out there were bad". Wind gusts could reach 70 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.

The entire Interstate 95 corridor from Richmond to New York City is at enhanced risk. Tornadoes are also a possibility, according to the weather service. Combined with strong solar heating through the morning, the atmosphere is becoming moderately unstable.

The threat for severe weather will be with us during the afternoon & evening hours.

How much rain will we see? Winds will increase aloft through the afternoon, as a trough (disturbance) in the jet stream crosses the East Coast.

There's a 30 percent chance of damaging winds, the center said.

The National Weather Service expects the brunt of the storms to come sometime Sunday afternoon and evening.

"The really nasty weather comes after 5 p.m., 6 p.m. especially for northwest Connecticut", Haney said. The line may wane a bit as it crosses the spine of the Appalachians, but then is expected to re-intensify on the eastern side.