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NYC could see four inches of rain and severe thunderstorms today

NYC could see four inches of rain and severe thunderstorms today
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/ccho

If you didn’t think the weather could get much worse after slogging through the muggy, swamp-like conditions during your commute this morning, you better buckle up, buckaroo.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Flash Flooding Watch that will be in effect from noon today through 4am tomorrow morning.

You know it’s serious because instead of just sending out an alert, they made a whole PowerPoint about it. That’s right, we’re currently at PowerPoint-levels of preparedness. Batten down the hatches.

The NWS is currently estimating that we could get up to four inches of rain during the approaching storm, which will pose a risk of flash floods throughout the city. In addition to possible small streams and floods, the scattered storms may produce wind gusts over 60 mph, lightning and large hail up to an inch in diameter. So yeah, this could be even worse than the 24 hours of rain we had last month. 

The rainy day should taper off early tomorrow morning, and the weather’s expected to be relatively calm for the rest of the week. Here's the complete severe thunderstorm warning issued for tonight until 8pm:

"Exercise caution when walking, driving or biking. Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages. Charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies and turn refrigerators/freezers to a colder setting. Stay clear of downed power lines. If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power and have a disability/access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, dial 9-1-1."

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