There is a tornado watch in effect for New York City until 8 p.m. tonight.
The warning also includes parts of Massachusetts, Western Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Philadelphia and Boston are also included in the watch.
A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes in and close to the watch area. People in the affected areas are encouraged to be vigilant in preparation for severe weather.
The National Weather service urges area residents to be on alert in the event the tornado watch turns into a warning, which means a funnel cloud has been sighted or indicated on a radar. In that case, residents should seek cover immediately.
The tornado watch expired at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Rain and hail touched down in some areas but no tornado materialized.