New York is hit by a sudden storm that has canceled more than 200 flights across New York and New Jersey as residents share concerns about ‘scary clouds’ and forecasters warn the East Coast could soon to be hit by Category 5 Hurricane Lee, reaching 265 km/h.
- Severe storms hit the East Coast
- Weather Front Prevents Category 5 Hurricane Lee From Making Landfall
- Travel chaos hits region as more than 200 flights canceled
New York and Boston are bracing for Category 5 Hurricane Lee, but the East Coast is already experiencing severe storms that are expected to last through the weekend.
The region has been hit by high temperatures and humidity in recent weeks, but the two main metropolises are expected to be swept away by water Friday evening.
The weather front has wreaked havoc in the skies as more than 200 flights have already been canceled from JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports, according to Aware of theft.
As the storms rolled in, residents took to social media to share images of looming clouds filling New York’s skies, a sign of what was to come.
Hurricane Lee is roaring toward the East Coast and is expected to make landfall next week, after severe weather began hitting the region Friday evening.
The storms follow scorching temperatures on the East Coast, where the mercury topped 90 degrees for three straight days for the first time this year in New York on Friday.
A heat warning is still in effect for New York City and parts of New Jersey as the incoming torrential front resembles a tropical storm.
Authorities are bracing for damage as strong winds, heavy rain and potential hail could cause flash flooding and structural damage in some areas.
Reports indicate that trees and power lines were downed in New Jersey, and a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for almost the entire tri-state area until 11 p.m. Friday.
Flash flood warnings were also issued for large swaths of the Hudson Valley following a period of dry and hot conditions.
Much of Massachusetts also remains under a severe thunderstorm watch, covering Middlesex, Essex, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
In Hoopsick Falls, New York, the town’s mayor urged residents to stay home as a powerful storm pummeled the community of 3,000 on Thursday. Fallen trees and power lines were also reported in the area, and crews worked throughout the day to clear roads after they were blocked by debris.
Friday’s storms are expected to be the start of several weather bombs that will hit the region through Monday, while heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the week as temperatures plummet.
The severe weather conditions are striking as fears grow over Hurricane Lee, which was recorded as a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday, before strengthening to Category 5 overnight.
Lee picked up speed as it roared toward the coast, with wind speeds topping 130 mph.
Forecasters have struggled to determine Hurricane Lee’s exact path, leading to varying estimates about the extent of damage it could cause.
Hurricane Lee strengthened from a Category 1 hurricane to a Category 5 hurricane overnight Thursday, raising fears it could rip up the East Coast.
The hurricane swept across the open waters of the Atlantic on Thursday, sweeping across the northeastern Caribbean and missing Puerto Rico as it headed toward the United States.
Forecasters have struggled to determine Hurricane Lee’s exact path, leading to varying estimates about the extent of damage it could wreak on the East Coast.