On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Northeast, including New York and New Jersey, and warned people to prepare for potentially high winds, flooding and damaging power outages.
The weather service said the severe thunderstorms were expected to affect parts of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York City, but that they could change direction and potentially affect parts other states and territories.
The severe thunder storms were expected across parts of central and western New England, with gusts to 100 mph possible and possibly to over 100 mph near Philadelphia and New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A severe thunder storm warning is in effect for much of the Atlantic Ocean, from Bermuda to Florida, and a severe wind warning is issued for parts, from Nova Scotia to Maine, for all but a few states.
The National Weather Center also said there is no risk of flash flooding in New Jersey and New Hampshire.
The NWS warned that a strong thunderstorm could be headed toward the western New York area by the afternoon, and there was also concern that the storm could develop into a tropical storm by midmorning.
The storm could bring heavy rain and gusts of up to 50 mph to parts of New England by Saturday.
The storm is expected to bring strong winds and a dangerous combination of rain and strong surf.
In New York state, the governor has declared a state of emergency, and residents were advised to evacuate as well.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday the storm was likely to bring “significant flooding and power outage” and that he urged the public to be on the lookout for power out-ages and potential damage.
The governor also urged residents to check on their personal safety and evacuation plans.