Most of New Jersey Under Severe Weather, Tornado Watch Friday

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Close up of a tree down after a tornado

TOMS RIVER, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning and severe weather watch for a large portion of New Jersey for Friday. The watch alert ranges from Sussex County in the northwest down to Salem in the south, to Southern Ocean County and Morris County.

The warning issued today by the NWS warns of possible tornados, isolated hail storms, and wind gusts as high as 70 miles per hour. According to the NWS, 17,000,000 people are in the regional path of the passing storm system.

‘A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia until 7 PM EDT,” The NWS said.

“The risk of severe thunderstorms today has increased,” the NWS said earlier Friday morning. “However, it is a low confidence forecast and we encourage you to monitor for updates, as we are admittedly uncertain how the storm threat will play out today. Very hot weather is still expected this weekend – much higher confidence on that! A Heat Advisory has been issued for portions of the area on Saturday.”