White Plains Under Tornado Watch Until 11 pm

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

UPDATE at 6:07 p.m.

As of this evening, White Plains is now included in the New York tornado watch. The watch remains in effect through 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Already, the area has experienced some gusty winds, downpours and stormy conditions. The gusts were strong enough to topple at least one tree in the neighborhood.

Despite a high temperature of 76 degrees today, the balmy weather included heavy wind gusts in White Plains

The rain that dampened the morning and afternoon is expected to continue through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

A wind advisory is in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS.

Thunderstorms are expected before 5:00 a.m. Wednesday and total rainfall amounts could reach two inches, the NWS states. Wednesday will become party sunny, with a high near 70 degrees.

Original Story

Strong and gusty winds—up to 50 mph—are the biggest hazard expected from a day of rain and thunderstorms expected to move through the area Tuesday.

"Highest threat potential is from this afternoon through this evening. This potential will be enhanced in areas of heavy showers or thunderstorms," the National Weather Service states in today's weather alert for the lower Hudson Valley.

The possible impact: downed power lines, downed trees—and power outages, the NWS says.

Winds this strong can also make driving difficult, particularly for vehicles with high profiles (such as SUVs and trucks), the NWS warns. 

In White Plains in particular, the NWS forecast calls for heavy rain, totaling up to two inches, before the storm front moves out Wednesday night.

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Paula September 19, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I just can't believe that City Hall meetings still were held. It was so dangerous to drive that I think the Dept. of Public Safety should have advised City aHall to cancel meetings. It was absolute hell driving around.


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