Heavy winds and thunderstorms throughout the region resulted in downed wires, a tornado watch and damaged property Tuesday.
A wind advisory was in effect until midnight. Gusts reached 54 mph in the Atlantic City area at around 8 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Dean Iovino said
A tornado watch was in effect until 9 p.m., although one never materialized.
On Tuesday morning, a sign that sat atop the Oxygen store at Wildwood Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood fell, crashing onto the Boardwalk. The store, which specializes in hair braids, airbrushed T-shirts and body piercing, was closed at the time and there were no injuries. The Boardwalk is fairly empty at this time of year, with most activity now on weekends.
Store owner Viviana Zarfati said she was in disbelief when she got the call about the sign. She has owned the store for 10 years.
"Don't know what my plan of action is right now," she said, adding she would do "whatever it's going to cost to make it safe. That's what's most important."
Thunderstorms hit the area around 8 p.m. and moved off the coast about an hour later.
There were scattered outages throughout the area. In Atlantic County the number of outages hovered around 2,000 throughout the evening, according to the Atlantic City Electric outage map. In Cape May County the number stayed around 1,500, with large outages in Sea Isle City and Dennisville.
Today’s forecast is mostly sunny with very little chance of rain throughout the area.
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