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Severe storms sweep through South Jersey Friday afternoon

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Severe thunderstorms swept through much of South Jersey on Friday afternoon and evening, bringing strong and damaging wind gusts, large hail and flooding rains to parts of the area.

Torrential downpours delivered several inches of rain per hour and caused areas of flash flooding in some communities. Millville recorded more than 2 inches of rain in 28 minutes. Flash flooding hit parts of Millville, Bridgeton and Newport.

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Strong wind gusts as high as 60 mph caused some damage and scattered power outages, including parts of Hamilton and Weymouth townships. Hail up to 1 inch in diameter also was observed in the stronger storms, with dime-size hail in the Ocean View section of Dennis Township and quarter-size hail in Mays Landing and Laureldale in Hamilton Township.

More than 3 inches of rain was measured by a storm spotter in Goshen in Middle Township. Many shore communities were flooded, including Sea Isle City, the Strathmere section of Upper Township and Avalon.

Several thousand Atlantic City Electric customers lost power, with outages in Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Hundreds of lightning strikes were observed with these storms as they swept through the area and moved offshore early Friday evening.

The storms will help break the high heat and humidity, as drier and slightly less humid air arrives for the weekend.

Contact: 609-272-7247 DSkeldon@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressSkeldon

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

SATURDAY► Partly sunny, hot, and humid with the day remaining mostly dry, but some scattered gusty thunderstorms possible Saturday evening and overnight. Highs around 85 at the shore to 90 on the mainland. A light northeast breeze around 10mph will shift from the south during the day.

SUNDAY► Clouds, some hazy sun, with some scattered showers and thunderstorms expected, although it won't be a washout. Highs around 85-90 with southwest winds around 10-15mph.

MONDAY► Partly sunny and our last hot and humid day before some relief arrives for the middle of the week.  Just the slight chance of a pop-up thunderstorm, with highs in the mid 80s along the shore, around 90 on the mainland.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY► Partly to mostly sunny, drier, and less humid as some relief finally arrives. Highs in the upper 70s along the shore, 80-85 on the mainland with a refreshingly more comfortable ocean breeze from the east.

THURSDAY► Increasing clouds and humidity with some scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs around 80-85.