Tornado Watch NY, NJ, DC: Precautions And Safety Tips [IMAGE]

By Staff Reporter on October 7, 2013 1:20 PM EDT

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A tornado warning until 5 p.m. has been issued by the National Weather Service (Photo: National Weather Service)

National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center announced a tornado watch through 5 p.m. on Monday. Areas of interest include central New York state, New York City, Philadelphia, and the D.C., Baltimore metro area. According to Washington post, a tornado may form as the area experiences a combination of a strong cold front and a low level spin in the atmosphere. Strong downpoors and gusty winds are expected.

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According to the National Weather Service, a watch means weather conditions are favorable for a tornado. A tornado watch asks residents to remain alert and to stay updated on weather information. Should a tornado form, the tornado watch will be upgraded to tornado warning, which means a tornado has been detected by radar. Residents will be urged to respond to the warning immediately by seeking shelter.  

For New York state, the watch includes Rockland, Putnam, and Westchester counties. What's more, all five boroughs of New York City are under tornado watch as well. Half an inch to an inch of rain is expected. Flash floods may be an issue for some areas in New york City.

All of New Jersey is under tornado watch, with special emphasis to the state's coastal regions. Forecasters expect the cold front to move over the region this afternoon and evening. Wind gusts of up to 75 mph are possible. 

As of 1:05 p.m., the Washington Post has reported the Tornado watch over D.C. has ended. The worst of the storm system is now approaching Chesapeake Bay. Forecasters predict rain should diminish in the region between now and 3 p.m.

In the event of a tornado formation, residents are asked to move to the lowest level of a strong building and to separate themselves from the storm with as many walls as possible. National Weather Service reported a 30 percent chance of two or more tornadoes forming with a 20 percent chance that a tornado may be rated at EF2 or higher.

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