Severe Thunderstorm Watch for New Jersey

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for New Jersey until 10:00 PM on 6/5. Dangerous lightning, heavy rain, and strong winds are possible. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to occur in an close to the watch area. Persons within these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Exercise caution when walking, driving, or biking.

The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is indoors as dangerous lightning can occur.

Do not use the telephone, electrical appliances, showers, sinks, or any object, machine, or device connected to the building’s electrical wiring or plumbing systems. If lightning strikes the building, the current will likely flow through the electrical wiring or water pipes and you could receive a fatal shock.

If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm:

  • Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects
  • Avoid open areas like fields or parking lots
  • Stay away from water or wet items.
  • Get inside a car: an automobile can protect you from a lightning strike because the current will flow through the car’s metal frame. If you are in a car, do not touch any exposed metal connected to the car.

Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages. To prepare, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines.

If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1.