NWS: Isolated tornadoes possible in southern Shore Friday

A file photo of clouds associated with a severe thunderstorm passing over the Atlantic Ocean as seen from Seaside Park. (Ben Currie)

A file photo of clouds associated with a severe thunderstorm passing over the Atlantic Ocean as seen from Seaside Park. (Ben Currie)

Severe thunderstorms are possible Friday at the Jersey Shore, and forecasters are not ruling out the potential for isolated tornadoes.

The National Weather Service says “several rounds” of showers and thunderstorms will impact the area through the evening. Some thunderstorms could become severe and produce damaging winds greater than 60 mph and hail up to a quarter size.

“The greatest risk for severe weather will be with a line of storms likely to move through during the late afternoon through the first part of this evening,” a National Weather Service bulletin advises.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, the greatest threat for severe weather is in Cape May County. That area is classified under the “slight” risk category, “meaning short-lived and/or not widespread, with isolated intense storms possible.”

Forecasters say the severe thunderstorm risk depends on how warm it becomes Friday.

While heavy rainfall is possible in any storm, the National Weather Service does not anticipate flash flooding beyond isolated instances.

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