North Jersey,NYC Hit Hardest By Storms [VIDEO]
North Jersey was hardest hit by Saturday's thunderstorms as 10,000 were left without power immediately following the storms.
PSE+G has upwards of 2000 customers still without power at 6:45AM on Sunday according to its outage map while JCP+L reports scattered outages throughout its service area on its outage map. Those numbers are a great improvement from over 8000 customers without power on Saturday night right after the storm.
The afternoon storms did not reach the expected severity statewide after thunderstorm and tornado watches were issued throughout the day and the cold front approached New Jersey from the west. The Storm Prediction Center put the state at moderate risk for severe weather, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a special alert for heavy rain, straight line winds and hail.
The highest recorded wind from the storm was 45MPH at Teterboro Airport according to the Record but forecasters expect some locally heavy gusts of up to 60MPH.
Storms that popped up in the morning caused tornadoes that touched down in Brooklyn and Queens and a possible water spout in Brick which the National Weather Service will investigate today.
Bob Ziff of North Jersey Weather Observers told the Record the “Florida-like weather” earlier in the day when the sun heated the warm, moist air, creating conditions that, combined with converging winds, were “ripe for thunderstorm activity.”
The USC-Syracuse college football game at Metlife Stadium was delayed due to the storm threat. Many fans quickly left the Rutgers homeopener as black clouds gathered over High Point Solution Stadium.