Be alert for quickly forming strong thunderstorms

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Be aware of quickly forming strong thunderstorms through the evening hours.

A small storm fired up over Barnegat around 3:50 p.m. Here is the alert from the NWS:

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 4:30PM EDT FRI …A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT SOUTHEASTERN OCEAN COUNTY…

AT 353 PM EDT, A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER BARNEGAT, OR 15 MILES SOUTH OF TOMS RIVER, MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH. WINDS UP TO 50 MPH AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… BARNEGAT, SURF CITY, BEACH HAVEN WEST, MANAHAWKIN, OCEAN ACRES AND WARETOWN. FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM.

LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE 10 MILES AWAY FROM A THUNDERSTORM. SEEK A SAFE SHELTER INSIDE A BUILDING OR VEHICLE.

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