STORM WATCH: Powerful storms could produce heavy rain, strong winds; localized flooding possible

New Jersey residents should be prepared to deal with heavy rain, strong winds and localized flooding today.
A flash flood watch has been issued for most of North Jersey, as well as some central parts until Friday morning. The flash flood risk is elevated for those parts.
News 12 New Jersey Meteorologist James Gregorio says the powerful storms should arrive in western New Jersey by 1 p.m., and exit off the beaches by between 9 and 10 p.m. The worst of the storms should be between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. There is the small chance for a tornado.
Gregorio says today’s storms will have lots of rain in a short amount of time, which could produce localized and flash flooding. Winds could gust at 40-60 mph. Temperatures will be in the high-70s.
There is a high risk of heavy rain, a medium risk of flash flooding and hail, and a low risk of damaging winds.
Friday will see mostly clear and dry weather. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s, with overnight temperatures in the 60s.
The weekend and the upcoming week will see clear and dry skies with mild temperatures.