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More thunderstorms coming as clean up continues

More thunderstorms, some with hail and gusty winds, are expected in New Jersey Tuesday afternoon and evening, as clean-up continues from severe weather late Monday.

Thunderstorms move into Howell on Tuesday afternoon
Thunderstorms move into Howell on Tuesday afternoon (Connor Hiller @ConnorHiller via Twitter)

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire state until 9 p.m. Flash Flood Warnings have also been posted.

According to Townsquare meteorologist Alan Kasper, sun breaking through morning clouds Tuesday pushed temperatures toward the 80s, created the ideal conditions for storms. A line of intense storms quickly fired up early Tuesday afternoon in a line stretching from north to south moving to the northeast. The storms had very heavy rain, small hail, 50-60 mph winds and frequent lightning.

The Monmouth County Police, Fire & EMS page reports a home in Holmdel was struck by lightning. Flooding was also reported on some sections of Route 9 between Howell and Toms River. Storm debris on the Garden State Parkway blocked the left lane around exit #98 in Wall Township according to New Jersey Fast Traffic.

Storm clouds roll in over Mt. Laurel
Storm clouds roll in over Mt. Laurel (Anthony Masiello @antmasiello via Twitter)

Almost 10,000 customers are without power across the state. JCP+L’s outage map shows over 3,192 customers without power mostly in Morris & Burlington Counties.  Under 1,000 PSEG customers are showing as being in the dark on their outage map, mostly in Gloucester and Hudson counties. Almost 6,418 Atlantic City Electric customers, mostly  in Burlington and Gloucester counties are without power.

Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, JFK and Philadelphia are all reporting delays of at up to 5 hours according to FlightAware.com.

More storms,which could be stronger than Monday’s, are moving in from the southwest into New Jersey by late afternoon. Storms that get “stuck” have the potential to produce 4-5 inches of rain in 2 hours.  Kasper says lightning and fallen tree limbs could cause more power outages.

Clean up of fallen trees on S.Pelham Road in Voorhees
Clean up of fallen trees on S.Pelham Road in Voorhees (Voorhees Police)

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through late Tuesday night for possible heavy rains of 1-3 inches that could cause flooding on roadways and areas  of poor drainage. Kasper expects most of the storms to develop late in the afternoon and evening.

Kasper says talks of a summer visit by the “Polar Vortex” with much cooler-than-normal temperatures does not apply for New Jersey, as temperatures will still be in the 80s for the rest of the week, with lower humidity.

Voorhees in Camden County was hit hard Monday night by an intense storm which triggered a Tornado Warning. Police issued “weather emergency” alert in the Green Ridge subdivision where many trees were uprooted and power lines brought down, according to 6 ABC.

Fallen trees and powerlines in the Green Ridge section of Voorhees
Fallen trees and powerlines in the Green Ridge section of Voorhees (Voorhees Police)

The National Weather Service has determined that damage near Southampton in Burlington County was from straight line winds and not a tornado. Scattered fallen trees, fallen power lines and a displaced irrigation pipe were consistent with a 60-70 mph winds.

PSEG had over 7,000 customers without power around 10 p.m. Monday night, mostly in Burlington County; their outage map showed that number shrinking to under 1,000 early Tuesday.

 

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