50 Million People Across the East Coast in the Path of Extreme Weather

More than 50 million people across a wide swath are in the path of powerful thunderstorms packing strong winds and torrential downpours heading eastward Wednesday, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service issued a severe threat for the Big Apple and the Lower Hudson Valley from 5 to 9 p.m.

More than 56 million are under a slight risk of severe weather, while another 35 million are under a marginal risk, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said.

Heavy winds could damage trees and power lines, with hail and weak tornadoes also possible, AccuWeather meteorologist Alyson Hoegg told The Post.

The storms are expected to begin wreaking havoc on the Big Apple by about 6 p.m., she said. Heavy rainfall could cause widespread flooding in areas of poor drainage.

“It will mainly consist of very heavy thunderstorms and damaging winds,” Hoegg said, adding that “60 mile-an-hour winds are not out of the question.”

The expected precipitation is between 1 and 1.5 inches, but as much as 2 inches of rain could be dumped across the area depending on how fast the system passes through, she said.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Yaron Steinbuch