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Fast-moving but severe thunderstorms sweep across New York area; delays reported at airports

Posted at 7:08 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 19:44:37-04

NEW YORK — Strong to locally severe thunderstorms swept across the region late Thursday afternoon, producing heavy rain, lightning and even some hail.

The fast-moving but strong line of thunderstorms passed across the city around 4 p.m., briefly unloading heavy rain and lightning, and darkening skies.  The storms quickly moved east, and the worst was over Long Island and quickly heading out to sea.

Airports were seeing delays of close to three hours, and some areas reported pea-sized hail.

While it’s possible some more storms might flare up, the worst appeared to be passed, and radar late Thursday afternoon did not show additional storms arriving from the west. That’s much different than what other parts of the country faced, including Washington., D.C. which was under a tornado warning earlier in the day.

Skies were already clearing over New York City and points to the west, and Friday is forecast to be a beautiful day, with temperatures reaching the lower 70s under mostly sunny skies. The humidity should be lower as well, making for a very comfortable day.

For the holiday weekend, Saturday looks like a win with mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 70s.  A couple of showers will be possible late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Much of Sunday itself should be fine, but there could be another shower late in the day. Highs will be warming up into the lower 80s. As for Monday, it is looking great with lots sunshine. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees.