Severe thunderstorm watch issued as hail, gusting winds slam tri-state area

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NEW YORK — A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for portions of New York and New Jersey.

The weather warning is set until 8 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

A cold front sparked several thunderstorms across the Northeast region. There is a possibility of scattered wind gusts of up to 60 mph, heavy rainfall and large, damaging hail.

Gusting winds brought down several trees on Staten Island.

Police in Fanwood, New Jersey say a 26-year-old woman was killed Monday when wires fell onto her car.

PIX11 viewer Rosa Chavez sent video from Roselle, New Jersey showing a transformer fire started by a downed tree.

Although it's unlikely, the possibility of a tornado cannot be ruled out. There was a weak tornado in Warren County, New Jersey on July 14.

Anyone in the area of the storm is urged to seek shelter in an interior room until the system passes. People should also have items in place in the event of a power outage.

This is a developing story, check back for updated information.

PIX11 News’ Andrew Cruz contributed to this report.