A powerful, long lasting storm system brought wind damage, power outages and the first derecho in New Jersey since 2012.
The first round of thunderstorms raced in from the Great Lakes, moving 75 mph at times. Wind damage has been reported from Wisconsin to the Jersey over the course of Wednesday.
However, this is not the end of the severe weather, yet. While the severe thunderstorm watch has been cancelled, another round will be possible Wednesday afternoon, renewing wind damage concerns. All of this while the first 90 degree day of the year occurs.
Here's what you need to know about the powerful storms Wednesday and the rest of the day to come.
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Wind damage reports from afternoon derecho
1:03 p.m. - Marc Franz Jr., of Forked River, had downed trees and wires near his home. Ocean County saw the strongest winds during the afternoon.
1:05 p.m. - In the Ocean Acres section of Stafford Township, a tree fell on the Garden State Parkway southbound lane near Exit 63.
1:10 p.m. - In Little Egg Harbor Township, several trees were down.
1:17 p.m. - In Absecon, a tree fell on Route 9 south at Ohio Avenue.
1:20 p.m. - A tree fell in the Sweetwater section of Mullica Township.
1:30 p.m. - In Galloway, a tree was downed on Wrangleboro Road.
1:30 p.m. - In Egg Harbor City, multiple trees were reported down.
1:30 p.m. - In Brigantine, multiple trees were reported down.
To find the latest on the power outages, visit Atlantic City Electric's outage map here.
Here's the top 10 highest wind gusts, including the 93 mph gust
As of June 3, Wednesday is the day with the highest wind gust of the year. 2020 has brought numerous significant wind events, including one that damaged Convention Hall in Cape May and ripped roofs off of buildings.
93 mph - Beach Haven
92 mph - Surf City
89 mph - Beach Haven
72 mph - Beach Haven
70 mph - Harvey Cedars
68 mph - Mystic Island
68 mph - Mystic Island (different station)
66 mph - Mystic Island
59 mph - Surf City
56 mph - Atlantic City International Airport
A derecho is confirmed in New Jersey.
The Storm Prediction Center confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a derecho did indeed happen in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. According to the National Weather Service, a derecho is when wind damage, with speeds at least 58 mph, are seen in a swath of 250 miles. 3 people in Pennsylvania passed away from injuries due to wind damage from the derecho.
Wind damage has been seen from near Oil City, Pennsylvania, to Long Beach Island, a swath of approximately 300 miles. However, the first reported wind gusts over 58 mph was just outside Harrisburg, PA, about 150 miles away.
This is the first derecho to hit the region since the 2012 one, that brought widespread damage and power outages to the region.
Damage reports and thunderstorm gusts from Wednesday evening storms
8:37 p.m. - In Beach Haven, downed power lines were reported as storms tore through the area.
8:36 p.m. - Mystic Island experiences a gust of 46 mph, after already having numerous wind gusts in the 60s.
8:35 p.m. - Mystic Island experiences another gust of 46 mph.
8:22 p.m. - In Port Republic, several downed power lines are in the area.
8:11 p.m. - In Mullica Township, severe reports of downed trees on Elwood Road were reported.
8:05 p.m. - Hammonton fire department reports severe trees and wires down in the town.
On top of all of this, there was record heat
Atlantic City International Airport reached a high temperature of 92 degrees Wednesday. Not only was that the first 90 degree day of the year, but it also created a new daily record.
The old record was 91 degrees, set in 2010. Records at the airport go back to the 1940s.
The record heat came before the line of thunderstorms marched through, helping to provide the neccessary fuel for the storms. Temperatures then dropped into the 70s and 60s while the storms passed. However, returning afternoon sun put the region back in the 80s, which has helped prime the region for Wednesday evening thunderstorms.
The other two notable South Jersey weather observing sites, Millville Exeuctie airport and Sen. Frank S. Farley Marina in Atlantic City, did not reach record crtieira. Millville reached 88 degrees, while the Marina topped out at 89 degrees.
Storms like Wednesday afternoon are tough to forecast
Called a mesoscale convective vortex, these storms are hard to forecasting their actual track until the storms actual form. It is part of the mesoscale convective system family, which is a collection of thunderstorms that act as a system.
Wednesday's forecast, both in video and online, did call for thunderstorms in Ocean County after 1 p.m. as what is now the current system would stay to the north.
However, it did take a job 50 miles south, which put all of South Jersey in a risk for severe weather during the early afternoon.
There still remains the risk for severe weather during the late day and evening, with damaging winds the main risk.