Heat Wave Breaks As Severe Thunderstorms, Flooding and Power Outages Sweep NJ
A day after sweltering heat descended on New Jersey, severe thunderstorms are pounding areas all over the
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory until 7:30 p.m. for parts of Camden, Burlington, Atlantic and Ocean counties in southern New Jersey. Heavy storms have hit those areas with rain and hail. At least three inches had fallen by mid-afternoon.
Flash Flood Warnings Issued for Ocean County
The Stafford Township area was especially hard hit with several inches of heavy rain and hail falling in short period of time. Route 72 has been moving very slowly.
Toms River and Manahawkin are hard hit by power outages with several thousand JCP+L and Atlantic City Electric customers without power.
The sudden storm wreaks havoc in Barnegat, where police responded to 30 calls in two hours...including six lightning strikes, six downed trees...two atop unoccupied cars...five blocked streets, five fire alarm activations and two each of smoke odors and downed light poles. Police say there was electrical and water damage and power surges but no fires or injuries.
A flash flood warning is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight for all of Eastern Ocean County. Heavy rains from severe thunderstorms are expected to saturate the roadways.
The National Weather Service of Mount Holly urges motorists to exercise caution on the Parkway and along routes 72, 37, 70, 35 and Route 9. Drivers are cautioned not to attempt to drive vehicles through flooded roadways.
As of 1:10 p.m., at least 2 inches of rain has already drenched the area and 1 to 3 inches more are expected.
POWER OUTAGES REPORTED
JCP&L is reporting power outages in parts of Ocean County. As of 2:15 p.m. here is a list of affected areas:
Atlantic City Electric is also reporting thousands of power outages in Southern Ocean County. You can check current power outages here.