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A flood watch remains in effect for the five boroughs as a powerful storm system that tore through the Midwest on Wednesday heads for the Mid-Atlantic today, according to the National Weather Service.


The system spans 240 miles, and includes damaging winds, hail and enough rain to cause flash floods.


At least 55,000 customers lost power in parts of Illinois and Indiana after the storm pounded the Midwest on Wednesday, according to NBC News.


The storm had threatened to cause a derecho - an explosive, widespread storm with hurricane-force winds - but there were no reports of a derecho on Thursday morning.


New York City and immediate surrounding areas primarily face the threat of flooding, while parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia face a tornado threat.