Tornado watches have been issued for several states along the East Coast. (Photo : Weather.com)
The National Weather Service issued tornado watches on Tuesday for states along the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, including Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, as well as Washington D.C.
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The watches for the Northeast include half-inch hail and wind gusts of up to 70 mph. The NWS also warned that dangerous lightning was also possible. According to NBC News, the watches affect New York City, as well as Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Ulster, Dutchess and Putnam counties in New York and Fairfield County in Connecticut. The watches are in effect until 11 p.m. EST.
The storm system, which has a moderate likelihood of developing tornadoes, has caused delays in local airports and transportation systems and power outages on Long Island. According to reports, about 4,000 homes and business lost power on Long Island.
NBC News also reported that in New Jersey, wind gusts destroyed a tattoo shop and the top of an oak tree landed on the roof of a home in Ridgewood. No injuries were reported in either accident.
New York experienced two tornadoes earlier this month, one in Queens and one in Brooklyn. According to NBC News, no injuries were reported.
Severe rainstorms were also affecting the East Coast, with several inches of rain expected. Weather.com reported that parts of the Appalachians into the Northeast were in danger of localized flooding.
Power outages affected people in the Washington and Baltimore areas, as well as Pennsylvania, NBC News reported. About 28,000 homes and business lost power in the Washington and Baltimore area, while 11,000 customers lost power in Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service has received several severe wind reports but no tornado reports as of Tuesday evening.
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