Long Island could experience some afternoon storms Thursday that will bring high winds, large hail and possible tornadic activity in the surrounding area.
While there are no watches in effect as of now, the National Weather Service said that there is a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening, primarily after 2 p.m.
Meteorologist Tim Morrin said that a first wave of storms will come in the morning, but will be less severe than the ones coming in the afternoon.
“There may be a shower, there may be an embedded thunderstorm that would move through briefly before 11 a.m.,” Morrin said. “That is not the activity that we’re concerned with. We’re more concerned about the development of thunderstorms later on this afternoon, because then all of the conditions are favorable in the atmosphere for those storms to become severe.”
A severe thunderstorm is where winds reach 58 mph or where hail reaches a one-inch diameter.
“If things come perfectly together winds could even be higher,” Morrin said.
Morrin also pointed out that there is a small threat for tornadoes, but mainly north and west of Long Island.
The storms are forecast to last through to the entire evening and night.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement, urging New Yorkers to be prepared for the severe storms.
“I urge all New Yorkers to take caution and pay attention to local radio and television reports for the latest information on the progress of these summer storms,” Cuomo said. “Proper precautions undertaken now can help ensure that the strong winds and heavy rain cause as little damage as possible and that families and individuals are kept safe from harm.”