Ithaca, N.Y. — The National Weather Service in Binghamton says severe weather could impact Ithaca and Tompkins County this evening, with a line of storms that could bring thunderstorms, intense winds and a chance of a tornado to the area.

The NWS estimates the storm should arrive in Ithaca between 5 and 7 pm this evening, and has potential winds of up to 70 MPH, and the storms could cause significant damage — and perhaps even a tornado in the area.

The Washington Post also warned that a derecho is possible north of the Mason-Dixon line as the storm rolls through the Mid-Atlantic region from the Ohio Valley (

As a result of a threat, the NWS has also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for 15 counties in New York, including Tompkins, until 8 pm tonight.