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.

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.

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