Severe thunderstorms in NYC area

Severe thunderstorms in NYC area

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The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms may have produced gusty winds up to 50 mph in the New York City area Saturday evening.

The NYC Department of Buildings Saturday afternoon advised all builders, contractors, and property owners to secure their construction sites and buildings in preparation for the storms and windy weather.

According to the NWS, winds could reach higher speeds than forecast depending on the area of the city. Property owners must consider the safety of their buildings and construction sites, including cranes, suspended and supported scaffolding, hoists and any other building appurtenances that may come loose from exposure to high winds.

The NWS says to secure a building, property owners should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following:

Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.

Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.

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