Tornado Watch Issued For Northeastern US Including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Southeast Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and regional coastal waters.
A Tornado Watch has been issued in some States and Counties in the United States today. This is because system of strong storms is headed straight for the northeastern United States, prompting a National Weather Service alert for a tornado watch for a wide area until 8PM. Eastern Time tonight June 1, 2011.
This has been updated June 1 2011 @ 8:20 PM: A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND.
The tornado watch extends from New Jersey to Maine, and it includes the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, as well as Newark, Hartford and Providence.
Weather update: Tornado watch means strong storms are likely and the storms MIGHT produce a tornado.
This is an alert from National Weather Service:
Weather officials say a very unstable air mass has developed across the region that heightens the risk of tornadoes, large hail, dangerous lightening and wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. They’re advising people in the watch area to be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions.
Tom Hawley of the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, says while no tornadoes have been detected, conditions are favorable for the twisters to occur. Hawley says tornadoes in Maine are usually relatively small, but he says they can still cause a lot of damage.
What is a TORNADO WATCH?
Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are right for a tornado to form. Since any thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is defined as severe, a tornado watch is also automatically a severe thunderstorm watch. In most cases, the potential exists for large hail and/or damaging winds in addition to the tornadoes.
Things to do when a Tornado Watch is issued:
Keep alert and watch for changing weather conditions
Listen to your local news reports & weather updates
Review your family or business emergency preparedness plan
Review your disaster kit
Be ready to seek shelter at a moments notice
What to Watch for during a Tornado Watch:
Dark greenish or orange-gray skies
Large, dark, low-lying, rotating or funnel-shaped clouds
A loud roar that is similar to a freight train
What is TORNADO WARNING?
A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or has been picked up on radar in your area. This means that you need to take shelter immediately in a safe sturdy structure.
Things to do when a Tornado Warning is issued:
Take shelter immediately
Listen to your local radio for updates
Follow the National Weather Service Safety Guidelines (below)
What not to do during a tornado:
Do not stay in a Mobile home as they offer very little protection from tornadoes.
Do not open the windows in your home or business
Do not try to outrun a tornado in a car
Do not get under a highway overpass or bridge as you will be exposing yourself to flying debris and stronger winds.
Note: The expiration time in the watch graphic is amended if the watch is replaced, cancelled or extended.
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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 411
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
100 PM EDT WED JUN 1 2011
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHEAST NEW YORK
EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 100 PM UNTIL
800 PM EDT.
TORNADOES…HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 10 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF
PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA TO 35 MILES NORTHWEST OF AUGUSTA MAINE.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).
REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…CONTINUE…WW 410…
DISCUSSION…SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY OVER
PORTIONS OF VT/NY/PA AND TRACK EASTWARD ACROSS PORTIONS OF NEW
ENGLAND…NY/PA/NJ THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. A VERY UNSTABLE AIR MASS
HAS DEVELOPED ACROSS THIS REGION WITH DEWPOINTS WELL INTO THE 60S
AND MLCAPE VALUES OVER 3500 J/KG. THIS COMBINED WITH STRONG
WESTERLY FLOW ALOFT AND INCREASING SOUTHERLY LOW LEVEL WINDS WILL
POSE A RISK OF SUPERCELL STORMS CAPABLE OF LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING
WINDS…AND ISOLATED TORNADOES.
AVIATION…TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 28035.
Tornado Watch Issued in Northeastern States and Counties in United States