MEMORIAL Day is expected to get a bumpy start for millions on the East Coast as flash flooding and possible tornadoes are expected.
Severe weather warnings have been issued for residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Maryland, including strong winds and heavy downpours.
Millions of people on the east coast woke up to hot and humid temperatures on Friday morning, but severe storms are expected later in the afternoon as the day progresses.
A flash flood warning is in effect from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the entire Philadelphia area from the Lehigh Valley down to Delaware.
Meanwhile, a tornado watch was issued for much of Maryland through Friday afternoon.
Meteorologists suspect heavy downpours could drop between one and two inches of rain.
The biggest threats to Maryland are scattered winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes.
New Jersey may also see an inch or two of rain Friday afternoon.
A mix of high winds and possible flash flooding may disrupt travel plans for motorists trying to flee Memorial Day weekend.
The heaviest of the storms will last until around 10 p.m. before pushing away from the coast. However, it could continue to rain overnight.
According to the New Jersey National Weather Service, large hail is possible and a small tornado cannot be ruled out.
Severe thunderstorms are expected to batter New York City and the surrounding area on Friday before clearing and warming over the weekend.
Wind gusts in the tri-state area could reach 60 miles per hour Friday night.
“The biggest threat is west of the city,” Fox Weather weather forecaster Geoff Bansen told the New York Post.
“Anyone who travels west must therefore expect to be caught in a strong to severe thunderstorm.”
Skies are expected to clear by Sunday morning, with temperatures expected in the high 70s.
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