Emergency Manager Dick Aarons is warning residents of a severe thunderstorm watch that the National Weather Service has put in place for the entire Tri-State area Tuesday, May 15.

"The evening thunderstorms could cause some local damage and utility outages," he said Tuesday morning after the final NWS briefing. "Please plan accordingly."

In addition to thunderstorms, the weather service is predicting damaging wind gusts and flash flooding. There is a lower threat for large hail and isolated tornadoes, the report says.

"The main threat remains damaging wind gusts," said NWS meteorologist Patrick Maloit. "There is also a risk of large hail, isolated flash flooding and isolated tornadoes. The main tornado threat is in the Elevated Risk area."

"Magnitude of wind gusts is uncertain," the report added. "There is a low end potential for 70-80 mph wind gusts."

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