By Michael White

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 until 4 p.m. today.

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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