Friday, July 27th, 1:44pm: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for New Jersey Shore

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Borough that is in effect on Friday, July 27th, until 10:00pm.  The Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorms late this afternoon and this evening.

An approaching front is expected to bring widespread storms to areas north and west of our community.  There is the likelihood that some storms will reach the beaches of New Jersey.  The storms may contain gusty winds, brief heavy downpours, and lightning.

If you are on the beach or any outside area and hear thunder or see lightning, seek shelter immediately.  Always follow instructions provided by your beach patrol and always swim in the presence of a lifeguard.  Never attempt to drive on any street that is flooded as the water is always deeper than it appears; this puts you and your vehicle at risk.

Take necessary precautions to secure outdoor objects that are prone to gusty winds, including trash cans, umbrellas, and patio furniture.  Contractors should take necessary steps to secure their job sites and prevent trash and debris from impacting neighboring properties.  If you have any power outage, contact Atlantic City Electric directly at 1-800-833-7476.

Continue to follow traditional media outlets for updates on the weather forecast as the Watch may be elevated to other advisories, including a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.