A TORNADO alert has been issued across New York City, urging locals to protect themselves on the spot.
Millions have also been warned of possible flash flooding across the city.
The tornado warning was issued to residents in Brooklyn and Queens.
More than 80,000 people and 18 schools were potentially at risk.
Locals were told to take shelter in a basement or the bottom floor of their home.
New Yorkers were urged to protect themselves from flying debris.
More than seven million people are potentially at risk from flash flooding as the warning covers the boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.
Footage shared online showed the skyline lighting up as thunderstorms raced through the city.
Motorists were asked not to drive through floodwaters and to move to higher ground immediately.
More than 1,000 schools and over 50 hospitals are potentially at risk.
The flash flood warning is in effect until 7:30 a.m. EDT, according to the NWS.
Meteorologists warned overnight that thunderstorms were sweeping across the state.
Heavy downpours in northern and western New York City could cause flooding.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6208453/tornado-flash-flood-warning-new-york/ Urgent NYC Tornado and Flash Flood Warning issued – Alert sent to residents of Brooklyn and Queens to seek shelter