MANHATTAN — The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for parts of New York and New Jersey that lasted from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday.
The watch included all of New York City, as well as Westchester County and Long Island. It also extended to some areas of New Jersey, Washington D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania.
This afternoon, New Yorkers braved heavy showers, which are anticipated to continue into the evening. "I didn't even really know it was a storm but when I came out, I knew something was up," said Crown Heights resident Josh Williams, 29, who was waiting under the awning of a local bodega, hoping for the weather to let up. "But now I'm kind of stuck in it."
But despite the gloomy skies, some people are enjoying today's rain.
"I was born in this weather. It's nice. It's relaxing," said Charles Harvey, who turned 27 last week. "You can drink tea, cuddle. You can watch a movie, watch baseball. You can read a book in this weather."
The tornado watch indicated that weather conditions were favorable for tornadoes, but it was not as serious as a tornado warning.
Although most of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration websites are currently unavailable due to the government shutdown, the National Weather Service continues to operate.