A severe thunderstorm watch is now in effect for most of South Jersey (except Ocean County) until 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Damaging winds are the primary concern in any thunderstorm that turns severe.  Any thunderstorm, severe or not, can cause heavy rain and frequent lightning. 

The heaviest rain and strongest storms are expected to cross South Jersey between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

A few clusters of showers and a few strong to severe thunderstorms are developing on Delmarva and will track towards South Jersey this afternoon.

So far, it's been a quiet start to the day across South Jersey, with most of the rain bypassing the area. However, there is still the chance for showers and thunderstorms to develop later in the day.

One area of rain moved through overnight, but it has been mostly dry ever since as most of the morning has been rain-free across most of South Jersey.

There is a tornado watch to our southwest across parts of Virginia and North Carolina.  Any storms that do form in that area could move northeast towards New Jersey later today, likely in a weakened form.

While it won't be as wet as first thought, any thunderstorms can still produce some heavy rain, gusty winds, and frequent lightning.

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