The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for New York City as well as Westchester and Rockland counties until 5 a.m. The advisory was issued due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Irene.
A tornado watch comprises conditions capable of producing cyclonic-like conditions.
Several tornadoes have been reported along the eastern seaboard this evening, including states such New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. No immediate injuries have been reported.
The weather advisory has also been issued Long Island and southern Connecticut. A tornado watch differs from a warning in that a warning is issued when a tornado or funnel cloud has been reported or a low-level rotation has been indicated by a weather radar.
A hurricane warning, flood advisory and flood watch have also been issued to Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.