(PIX11) — As the oppressively hot and humid fall weather collides with a cold front moving into the area, potentially dangerous storms are expected.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for pockets of the tri-state area, while a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for all five boroughs and parts of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut until 9:00 p.m.
The National Weather Service predicts the storms will come with harsh, damaging winds and hail.
While the warning is in effect, the National Weather Service advises to stay indoors and away from windows. Drivers should prepare for low visibility and avoid flooded roads.
On the water, expect high winds and high waves, lightning, and heavy rains. If you are caught on the water, seek safe harbor is possible, or stay below deck and keep away from ungrounded metal objects.
NEW YORK: A severe thunderstorm watch has been declared for Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Kings (Brooklyn), Nassau, New York (Manhattan), Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Ulster, Washington, Westchester Counties.
NEW JERSEY: A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren Counties.
A severe thunderstorm watch is also in effect for Bergen, Eastern Union, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties.
A flood advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties.
CONNECTICUT: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Fairfield County through 5:30 p.m.
Until 9 p.m., a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect in Fairfield, Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham counties.
A flood advisory is in effect in Fairfield through 6:45 p.m.