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Strong Storms Leave Damage, Power Outages Across New Jersey

A line of strong thunderstorms stretching from the New York-Canadian border to North Carolina has moved across New Jersey it leaves behind some power outages and damage.

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7:17 p.m. - @GarySzatkowski  from the National Weather Service’s Mt. Holly office tweets that storms did not get get “tall enough” to take advantage of “available vertical wind shear” and form tornadoes.

6:40 p.m. - About 10,000 customers around the state are without power.  JCP & L reports 7,530 customers without power mostly in Somerset and Morris counties according to its outage map.  A spokesman for Public Service Electric & Gas says about 4,500 of its customers are without power as of Monday evening. Most of those customers are in Bergen and Essex counties on its outage map.

Storms that moved through Bergen County were especially strong with many trees and power lines coming down in Emerson and Paramus according to WCBS TV.

 

Clouds outside the Townsquare Media building in Toms River
Clouds outside the Townsquare Media building in Toms River (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media NJ)

4:07 p.m. - The Tornado Watch  has been lifted for all of New Jersey. A second line of storms is weakening as it enters New Jersey. Meanwhile, a line of storms is affecting the Shore area from Monmouth to Cape May counties.

3:15 p.m. - The storms are causing delays at the area airports: 2 hours on arrivals and 1 hour on departures at Newark; 60 minutes at Philadelphia, and 1 hour at JFK and LaGuardia.

2:38 p.m. – A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for parts of Passaic and Bergen counties for a line of storms moving towards the area from New York State.

2:04 p.m. – A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m; this storm has shown some rotation.

The severe storm’s path:

Glen Gardner and Stockton around 215 PM EDT…

Flemington and Califon around 220 PM EDT…

Lebanon around 225 PM EDT…

White House Station around 230 PM EDT

The storm will continue to Bridgewater, Skillman and Skillman around 230 PM and then towards Mendham, Chester, Raritan and Manville
sround 235 PM, and South Bound Brook and Somerset around 240 PM.

The line is moving at 45 MPH and can produce winds of up to 60 MPH.


EARLIER:

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. The National Weather Service’s New York office says the best chance at severe weather is in the western area of the state and into Pennsylvania.

Meteorologist Alan Kasper believes the chances are “small but not impossible” for their actual development. Justin Ryan, a meteorologist for Fox Philadelphia, says any tornadoes will likely be typical of the northeast as they will develop quickly, be on the ground for 20-30 seconds and be over. He says they are thunderstorms that are like spinning tops.

TORNADO SAFETY: What To Do If You See A Tornado Near You

Today’s warning is also in effect for much of the northeast and mid-Atlantic from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and eastern Maryland into Washington D.C.

Tornadoes developed this past summer in Stafford last August in Ocean County as well as Berkeley Heights in Union County last June. Both were category 0 on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale.

 

The storms will likely have heavy rainfall and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. There are some showers around the area; A line of heavier storms has developed in central Pennsylvania moving east that will bring more severe weather.

The heavy rain will begin to fall during the afternoon and could drop 1-2 inches plus cause flooding in poor drainage areas. There could be isolated areas of heavier amounts in strong thunderstorms that develop.

Fallen leaves could cause clogged storm drains that could increase the chance of street flooding.

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