Tornado watch issued for NYC, northern counties

NEW YORK (AP) – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for all of New York City, Nassau County and northern counties extending through Oneida (oh-NY’-duh) County.

The watch is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Some suburban after-school activities were canceled as a precaution. A watch for New Jersey and the eastern quarter of Pennsylvania has been called off.

Meteorologist Tim Morrin says a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for strong thunderstorms to develop and form a tornado.

The next step would be a tornado warning, which is issued if there are signs of turning or rotation in the radar.

On Sept. 16, two destructive tornadoes and a fierce macroburst barreled across a large swath of Brooklyn and Queens. A woman in a car was killed. It was the city’s ninth and 10th tornadoes since 1950.

The Associated Press