Severe Thunderstorm Alerts issued in CNY

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for southeastern Cortland, southeastern Tompkins, Chenango and Broome counties until 9:00pm.

A severe thunderstorm warning means that there is imminent danger for large hail, damaging winds, lightning and torrential rain in the path of the strongest part of the storm. You should seek shelter immediately.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is also in effect for central New York, east of Route 81, until 11 p.m. Wednesday for all of Central New York.

A rapidly moving line of thunderstorms will move from Western New York into the Syracuse area during the evening. Everyone will see some rain and likely thunderstorms. Some of these storms may reach severe limits with high winds and large hail.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued to alert you to the possibility that thunderstorms containing damaging winds of 58 mph or higher and/or large hail of 1” in diameter or bigger may develop at some point during the next several hours. A watch does NOT mean severe weather is occurring. A warning is issued when severe weather is imminent.

If your area has a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, here is what you should do:

-- Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the possibility of severe weather developing.

-- Keep an eye on Interactive Doppler and Triple Doppler radars on

-- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.

-- Periodically check NBC-3, CBS-5 and CW-6 for updates on the weather and possible warnings.

-- Plan how to get to a safe place quickly if a warning is issued for your area or if severe weather is observed where you are.

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