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.
Lightning flashes over the Shark River in Neptune City looking towards Wall (Donald Colarusso)
30,771 JCP+L customers, mostly in Warren, Morris,Passaic and Hunterdon counties 10,705 PSEG customers lost power, Flash Flood Watch Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports all have delays of 3-4 hours on arrivals Thursday was another hot and humid day with temperatures heading back around 90 degrees again with a heat index in the upper 90s and topping 100 in parts of central Jersey 1,589 PSE&G customers, mostly in Burlington County are still powerless
A fire blamed on a lightning strike burns in Beachwood (Riverside Signal)
Several families were left homeless in the Wyckoff Mills condo complex in Hightstown a home in Edgewater Park in Burlington County was struck by lightning lightning is being blamed for fires in Mahwah, Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridgean abandoned home was struck in Beaachwood.
Satellite view of Hurricane Arthur late Thursday afternoon (NHC)

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.

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Dino Flammia contributed to this report.



      The Associated Press contributed to this report