Powerful wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour hit New York City on Monday, toppling over outdoor dining structures and bringing temperatures that felt below freezing.
NYC and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey are under a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Monday. "Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects," a weather alert reads. "Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result."
Across NYC and Westchester, more than 2,000 households didn't have power as of Monday afternoon, according to a Con Edison power outage map.
Up to 10 inches of snow is expected in some parts of upstate New York.
"The weather system approaching the state tonight will bring a widespread, moderate snowfall to most upstate locations and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour," Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday evening. "Conditions could become dangerous, as slippery surfaces, reduced visibility and gusting winds will cause the potential for power outages and difficult travel."
The high winds also damaged some restaurants' new COVID-era outdoor dining set-ups
On Columbus Avenue, between 83rd and 84th streets, tents covering street dining areas were preemptively taken down on Monday morning. In Long Island City, an entire wooden outdoor structure outside a restaurant had fallen over into the street, NY1 reported.
The Department of Buildings warned contractors and property owners to secure any construction sites or bring inside loose outdoor furniture and garbage cans. The Department of Transportation, which runs the open restaurants program, notes tents shouldn't be used during high wind conditions, referring to buildings department guidance.
Last month, the City Council passed legislation allowing for restaurants to use outdoor heaters to help keep restaurants open during the winter months, a measure supported by the NYC Hospitality Alliance. The alliance's executive director, Andrew Rigie, said of Monday's winds: "As restaurants winterize their outdoor dining setups, now is a good time to ensure that anything that can fly away in high wind is safely secured in place or easily moved indoors quickly by staff."