New York City mayor warns residents to take the storm "very seriously"


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference at the South Street Seaport about city preparations for tropical storm Isaias on Monday, August 3.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference at the South Street Seaport about city preparations for tropical storm Isaias on Monday, August 3. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Getty Images
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning residents to take precautions as the city prepares for heavy rain, high winds and flooding potential along with a threat of tornadoes.
The mayor said his most important message is “everyone take this very seriously.”
The storm has shifted to the west which means the strongest wind band will track right over New York City according to Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell.
The city will experience sustained 45-55 mph, which is up 10 mph from predictions Monday, and there are still gusts up to 70 mph expected between noon and 5 p.m. ET today.
While a tornado watch has been issued until 4 p.m. ET, Criswell said it’s likely tornado warnings will be issued and people should seek immediate cover away from window and move to lower floors. If you are in a high rise, which are common in parts of the city, go towards the inside of a building. People should not use elevators.
“That is such a rarity here in New York City,” the mayor said Tuesday. “It is something to worry about.”
Coastal flood warnings have been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and southern Queens and coastal flood advisories issued for Manhattan and the Bronx.
Areas which often see tidal flooding on roads may see one to two feet of water above ground. Many of these areas are in Queens.
Eyewitness video taken by Anthony Brooks shows a tornado on the ground near Ocean City, New Jersey.
Around the time the video was taken, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning, saying trained spotters had seen a tornado near Ocean City.




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