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Thunderstorms rumble through New Jersey

Very strong thunderstorms moved across New Jersey Monday night and more are expected for Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Flooding on Route 130 in Cinnaminson
Flooding on Route 130 in Cinnaminson (Suzy Kahn @skahn28 via Twitter)

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Storms with wind gusts up to 70 mph, scattered hail, frequent lightning and possible formation of tornadoes moved across New Jersey late in the afternoon into the evening.  A possible tornado in Medford prompted a warning to be issued as it made its way from Lumberton to Mount Holly, Pemberton, Wrightstown and Browns Mills.

A strong cell developed along I-195 in Monmouth and Ocean counties late Monday afternoon with heavy rain that fell at a rate of nearly 2 inches per hour late Monday afternoon prompting the first of many  Flash Flood Warnings. 

Flooding on I-295 near Route 130
Flooding on I-295 near Route 130 (NJ DOT)

Flooding developed along a number of roads including Interstate 295 in the Bordentown and Hamilton areas, on Route 130 around the Airport Circle in Pennsauken, Route 36 in Hazlet and a many on-and- off ramps according to New Jersey Fast Traffic. In Freehold the traffic lights were out at Routes 9 and 33 due to a blown transformer.NJ Transit suspended service on the North Jersey Coast Line between Woodbridge and South Amboy due to weather issues as well. Earlier, flooding developed along Route 35 in Wall Township between Route 138 and the Shark River Bridge in Belmar reducing traffic to just one lane.

A power outage knocked out the lights at Route 34 as well. The Lakewood Scoop reports a lightning strike on a shed starting a fire that destroyed a shed while Jersey Shore Hurricane News says a home on Grove Street in Point Pleasant Beach took a lightning strike. NBC 10 reports many trees down in Voorhees.

Flooding from a downpour in Lakewood
Flooding from a downpour in Lakewood (TheLakewoodScoop.com)

8,222 JCP&L customers are without power according to their outage map mostly in Monmouth and Ocean counties according to their outage map.

PSEG had less than 6,910 in the dark according to their outage map in Burlington, Passaic and Essex counties. Atlantic City Electric customers in Gloucester County were hardest hit according to the ACE outage map reports 8,061 customers offline.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect into Tuesday night in anticipation of storms with very heavy rain that could leave 1-3 inches most anywhere.

“We’re looking at a cold front coming in from the west gradually today and tomorrow. That frontal boundary could trigger strong to severe thunderstorms,” NWS meteorologist Kristin Kline told the Star-Ledger.

The storms are already causing departure and arrival delays at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, JFK and Philadelphia airports of  2- 4 hours according to FlightAware.com

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