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    Avalon lifeguard boat destroyed by strong thunderstorm

     (Image courtesy of @sweetlou80 via Instagram)

    (Image courtesy of @sweetlou80 via Instagram)

    A thunderstorm ripped through Cape May County earlier this afternoon, dumping torrential rain, striking two New Jersey State Police cruisers, and even destroying at least one lifeguard rescue boat.

    Two rounds of storms moved through the Avalon area, flooding streets and forcing beachgoers to retreat to safety. 

    “Never underestimate the power of mother nature,” wrote @sweetlou80 on Instagram, who shared an image of the split rescue boat. 

    It is unclear if more than one lifeguard boat was damaged or destroyed. 

    No injuries were reported. 

    To the west on the Garden State Parkway in Cape May County, two state police cruisers were struck by lightning, according to the New Jersey State Police. 

    One trooper was taken to an area hospital for observation, while the second did not require medical attention, police said. 

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