A tornado watch has been issued for the Capital Region and several nearby counties.
Severe thunderstorms Tuesday were expected to bring wind gusts of up to 70 mph on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Weather Service Meteorologist Steve DiRienzo said those storms could spark tornadoes, though the probability of that was “very low.”
High winds themselves could lead to trees being knocked down and possible power outages. DiRienzo said damaging winds typically affect a wider area than tornadoes.
A tornado watch means one could occur, while a warning means one is happening or will happen, DiRienzo said.
“The most important thing is, if people hear there is a tornado warning, that’s when it’s time to get to a basement,” DiRienzo said.
The tornado watch is in effect until 8 p.m., according to the Weather Service.
DiRienzo said tornadoes generally last 45 minutes or less. With the high winds and lightning that could occur, he advised people to be prepared.
“Today is one of those days where you want to take it easy and be ready to take shelter,” DiRienzo said.