Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued Monday afternoon for Greenwich and the surrounding area by the National Weather Service. It is in effect until 11 p.m.

“Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and early evening,” according to a special weather statement, issued by the weather service. “An upper level disturbance moving across this afternoon will spark thunderstorms in the very warm and unstable air mass that has overspread the tri-state area.”

Scattered thunderstorms were already reported at midday across northwest New Jersey and the southern Catskills. By 3 p.m., they had started to spread into Long Island but will still south of New York City. The storms are expected to become more numerous and spread to southwest Connecticut from 4-6 p.m. before moving farther east Monday evening.

“Some storms could be severe with damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and large hail. Heavy rain and frequent deadly cloud-to-ground lighting are also expected,” according to the weather service’s special statement.

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