Severe Thunderstorms Rock NYC and Tri-State, Leaving Man Dead; Dangerous Heat Looms – NBC New York

What to Know

  • Severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings have been issued for a large swath of the tri-state area, including the five boroughs

  • Some scattered storms could linger a bit into the early hours Thursday before moving out, paving the way for a series of blazingly hot days

  • Expect it to feel near 100 by Thursday, above 100 by Friday and then a steamy 109 degrees by Saturday

A man was killed in Connecticut as severe storms rolled through the entire tri-state area, leaving plenty of damage and streets flooded all over.

Severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were issued for a large swath of the tri-state area, including the five boroughs of New York City, as remnant storm cells from Barry moved in.

Thunder and lightning were seen and heard throughout the city around 8 p.m., with more than 500 lightning strikes in and around NYC in just a 15-minute period, some captured on camera. One person was rushed to the hospital after a tree limb landed on a car at West 46th Street and Eighth Avenue. A large tree also came crashing down on Steinway street in Queens.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued Wednesday night for all five boroughs, as well as Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York. Eight counties in New Jersey, ranging from Bergen down to Ocean County, all faced warnings, as did Fairfield County in Connecticut.

In addition to the severe thunderstorms, flash flood warnings were in effect for all five NYC boroughs and neighboring counties. An exit ramp on I-287 eastbound was closed after it was flooded, and several streets in Hoboken and in Nassau County were also shut down as water was reaching halfway up car tires.

In the city, videos on social media showed flooded streets in Queens, including parts of the Garden State Parkway near the airports. The intersection at Queen Plaza saw cars trudging through inches of water, and the Court Square subway stop in Long Island City was flooded as well.

There were reports all over the tri-state of limbs — or in some cases entire trees — coming down as a result of the winds and rain.

It’s believed that the weather played a role in two manhole fires in Queens, which elevated CO levels in some part of Flushing but no injuries were reported. The other manhole fire was reported in Elmhurst and caused power outage for one Con Edison customer.

Another manhole fire was also reported in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. It forced a brief evacuation for residents at Hotel Insignia due to the increased CO levels. People were waiting out in the rain before they were able to return to their rooms around 5:30 a.m.

Isolated storms started moving through Connecticut as early as 3 p.m. Some of those cells were severe, bringing torrential rain bursts, lightning and heavy winds. Trees were brought down or uprooted in several towns, and a man was killed after trees and electrical wires landed on his car on the Fairfield-Bridgeport line, according to the Connecticut Post.

The entire tri-state was put in the “more likely” zone for severe weather earlier on Wednesday. What’s left of the former hurricane brought those same gusty winds, frequent lightning and torrential rain that hit the southeastern United States. Check the latest severe weather alerts for your neighborhood here.

Photo credit: Storm Team 4

Watch this livestream for all your weather needs as the storm moves out overnight into Thursday — from live StormTracker 4 radar to sky cams, heat updates and airport alerts. 

Track the rain with our interactive radar below.

Some scattered storms could linger a bit into the early hours Thursday before moving out, paving the way for a series of blazingly hot days with smothering humidity that could make it dangerous for some people and pets to be outside. 

Isolated storms are still possible throughout the day Thursday as the humidity ramps up, Storm Team 4 says. And while the day won’t be as hot as Wednesday, it will definitely crank up over the next few days — and Storm Team 4 says it could feel like 109 in New York City by the weekend. 

The National Weather Service expects “feels like” temps a bit above 90 for Thursday, then we cross the 100 degree mark on Friday and Storm Team 4 expects it to be even worse on Saturday. Find a cooling center near you here. 

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