Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for entire state
Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire state as a line of slow-moving, intense thunderstorms heads for New Jersey with strong gusty winds and the first effects of Hurricane Arthur.
Late Thursday afternoon Arthur was centered about 35 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and about 185 miles southwest of Cape Fear moving north-northeast at 13 mph with sustained winds of 90 mph. National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski tweets that Arthur's track has shifted to the west bringing it closer to the New Jersey and Delaware coastlines taking it 130 miles off the Jersey shoreline. A National Weather Service briefing, however, says this will not have much of an impact on how Arthur will affect New Jersey.
Kasper expects Arthur to pass over the Outer Banks late Thursday night and speed out to sea.
Many communities with fireworks scheduled for Thursday and Friday are postponing their display to Saturday or Sunday.
Alan Kasper predicts Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with temperatures in the 80s with gusty winds and a rough surf along the shore all weekend which could lead to restrictions for swimmers.
A High Surf Advisory has been issued for Friday thru Saturday morning for waves and surf up between 6-8 feet with dangerous rip currents Bob Brown of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol cautions lifeguards may allow swimmers to go only knee or waist deep into the rough waters.
Get the latest information on the tropical weather texting WEATHER to 89000.
Dino Flammia contributed to this report.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report