Severe Thunderstorms Could Produce Hail, Tornado

Thunderstorms could bring severe weather to Long Island on Friday. Drivers brave the storm on the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.

Thunderstorms capable of producing large hail, high winds and a possible tornado are moving across Long Island Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning to Suffolk County that will go until 12:45 p.m. and a hazardous weather outlook for Friday and Friday night.


Meteorologists said they are tracking a storm near Kings Park and Northport that is moving east at 25 mph at around 12:14 a.m. The storm is capable of bringing quarter-sized hail and winds of over 60 mph, and doppler radar indicated some weak rotation within this storm that could develop into a tornado.

The locations in the severe thunderstorm warning include Nissequogue, Sound Beach, St. James, Miller Place, Smithtown, Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station and Mount Sinai.

In addition to this storm, thunderstorms are forecast for the entire day Friday, and some could also produce heavy rain and damaging winds. The NWS added that an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

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