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Flash Flood Watch, Hail, Tornadoes and Power Outages Expected Before Hurricane Arthur Heads Out to Sea

Brenda A. Nemcek

Thursday, July 3, 2014 • 7:22pm

WARREN, NJ - A severe weather alert has been issued for the entire state of New Jersey.

All of New Jersey is under a Flash Flood Watch starting at 4 p.m. Thursday until Friday afternoon as the storms from the west are predicted to interact with moisture from Hurricane Arthur producing 1-3 inches of heavy rain which, when added to Wednesday’s heavy rain accumulation, could overflow streams, creeks and rivers.

 
Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports all have delays of 3-4 hours on arrivals according to FlightAware.com.
 
A line of storms has made it to northwest New Jersey with winds of 60 MPH and quarter-size hail moving from southwest to northeast with the skies darkening over Warren as of 7 p.m. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says some of the storms could have isolated wind gusts of 75 mph, hail with a 1-inch diameter and possible tornadoes.
 
The rain is expected to end by Friday afternoon.
 
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 tweeted that Arthur’s track has shifted closer to the New Jersey and Delaware coastlines but says this will not have much of an impact on how Arthur will affect New Jersey.
 
A High Surf Advisory was issued for Friday thru Saturday morning for waves and surf up between 6-8 feet with dangerous rip currents. 
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