The National Weather Service issued the following statement about severe thunderstorms expected this evening (7/26/2012)
A line of severe thunderstorms is currently moving through central New York and central Pennsylvania… and is on track to enter the forecast area this evening. These storms have a history of producing wind damage… and are not likely to weaken as they approach the local area.
This line will first enter the lower Hudson Valley… northeast New Jersey… and New York City between 5 PM and 6 PM… and will move east into Connecticut and Long Island between 7 PM and 8 PM. Additional thunderstorms will linger over the area through midnight.
Severe thunderstorms are capable of damaging winds over 58 mph and hail over 1 inch in diameter. Frequent and dangerous lightning strikes are expected with these storms. Torrential rain with rates between 1 and 2 inches per hour is likely… possibly producing flash flooding over the area. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
Please stay advised for warnings that will be issued.