Powerful storms Saturday AM for NJ: 70 mph winds, tornados possible
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING in effect for Atlantic, southeastern Cumberland, Ocean, Cape May, southeastern Burlington and south central Monmouth counties until 8:15 a.m. for a line of storms with 60 mph winds.
As these thunderstorms roll through, you want to seek shelter on the lowest level of a sturdy building and keep away from windows.
UPDATE as of 8:15 a.m. Saturday...
The threat of severe weather is done for the day, as storms continue to push off-shore. Residual raindrops may lead to minor flooding of low-lying areas (i.e. big puddles) through 9 a.m.
The rest of our Saturday looks storm-free and pleasant, with increasing sunshine and high temperatures approaching 90 degrees (away from the coast).
UPDATE as of 7:45 a.m. Saturday...
The severe wind threat continues to diminish, but heavy rains may produce a brief period of flash flooding. Never attempt to drive, walk, or swim through flooded areas.
Storms are starting to exit the coast now. Should be done by around 9am. The rest of the day will be pleasantly hot and storm-free.
UPDATE as of 7:15 a.m. Saturday...
Our pair of Tornado Warnings have been cancelled and/or allowed to expire, as the rotation has subsided. Still some fierce winds out there, way out ahead of the storm. As of this writing, the strongest winds - 60+ mph - are pushing through the Pinelands of southern Burlington and Atlantic counties.
Coastal counties are about to get smacked with some very heavy rain too, which may lead to a brief period of flash flooding. If possible, just stay home for the next hour or two.
Good news is these storms are moving very quickly, and should clear the state by around 9 a.m.
What a rude awakening.
As expected, a line of heavy rain is pushing through New Jersey early on this Saturday morning. Quite unexpectedly, these storms have exploded in strength. Radar has indicated areas of damaging 70+ mph winds and rotation (indicating the possibility of a tornado).
As these storms continue charging to the east, they'll affect most of New Jersey. The strongest winds and heaviest rain will occur in the southern half of the state (along and south of I-195).
Storms should exit the Garden State by 9 or 10 a.m.
We'll have live updates throughout the morning on-air and online. Be safe!