We just got new information about tonight's weather from The National Weather Service and I wanted to pass this along. They have issued a tornado watch for a bunch of New Jersey counties for this afternoon into tonight.  Scroll down for all the details.  Thanks Ida.

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Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected to begin late this afternoon and continue through tomorrow morning.  Aside from our dogs hating thunder, thunderstorms developing could mean tornado touch downs...

A tornado watch was issued today for 15 New Jersey counties.  A "watch" means you are in an area that is ripe for it to happen. A warning is an area where a tornado is likely to het and if you are in a warning zone it is time to take action asap.  Are you in one of the watch areas?  Here they are:

  • Atlantic
  • Cape May
  • Hunterdon
  • Monmouth
  • Salem
  • Warren
  • Burlington
  • Cumberland
  • Mercer
  • Morris
  • Somerset
  • Camden
  • Gloucester
  • Middlesex
  • Ocean

If a "watch" turns into a "warning" and you are inside you should:

1.  stay away from windows

2.  Avoid large, open rooms

3.  Shelter in a reinforced area and put a mattress over your head

If a "watch turns into a "warning" and you are outside you should:

1.  Seek shelter immediately

2. Do not depend on small structures like a shed or mobile home because they are not stable

3. Stay clear of as many tools or debris as possible

Of course you should also download our free 94.3 The Point App to stay current with all the latest news and information.  Stay safe!  Keep reading for what to do if a tornado strikes:

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