The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for all of Long Island and New York City, as well as Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties through 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 4.
A tropical storm warning is also in effect today for those areas and beyond in the Northeast.
“Tropical Storm Isaias, located in inland Virginia, will continue to move to north-northeast this morning along the Mid-Atlantic coast,” the NWS statement reads.
“Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast today, likely moving over our area this afternoon and evening. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts.
“The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents,” it reads. “Additionally, a few tornadoes are possible.
“Locally heavy rainfall is expected with a widespread 1 to 3 inches, with localized amounts up to 5 inches possible.”
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Meanwhile, Brookhaven Town announced that all beaches, pools and sports programs will be closed today in anticipation of tropical storm conditions. Town officials are also contacting all Meals on Wheels program participants to ensure they have food on hand and will make additional deliveries of meals in advance of the storm as needed.
The town said its highway, waste management and parks departments are in the process of clearing storm drains and clearing weak limbs and trees.