TRENTON — Over 13,000 customers were without power Saturday morning as severe thunderstorms swept across New Jersey.

The storms moved across the state around dawn.

"Quite unexpectedly, these storms exploded in strength. Radar indicated areas of damaging 70+ mph winds and rotation that led to Tornado Warnings issued in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Burlington and Camden counties," New Jersey 101.5 Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said.

As of 8:10 a.m. the outages broke down as follows:

Several spinouts blocked lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Route 78, but did not cause full roadway closures.

Fallen trees were reported by New Jersey Fast Traffic on Route 31 in Hopewell and Route 70 in Cherry Hill.

Newark Liberty and Philadelphia airports reported 30-minute departure delays as of 8 a.m., according to

Service on NJ Transit's RiverLINE was suspended for a time due to flooding in Camden.

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