Tropical Storm Isaias: De Blasio says NYC must take tornado threat seriously

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday warned New York City residents to take the tornado watch seriously as Tropical Storm Isaias barrels toward the tri-state area.

A tornado watch is in effect for the city until 4 p.m.

“It is something to worry about. Take it seriously,” de Blasio said at his daily press briefing. “When you hear of a tornado warning, it’s not business as usual. With these high winds, just secure anything that could fly around.”

Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell said the city could see gusts of up to 70 mph between noon and 5 p.m. — now that Isaias has shifted more to the west.

“The strongest wind band we’re going to see from this storm will track right over the city,” she said.

She echoed de Blasio’s warning about the potential twisters and added that a flash flood warning is also in effect.

“A tornado warning means that a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon,” she said. “You need to go to your safe place immediately.”

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