Forecasters have canceled a tornado warning for part of Ocean County.
For a time, radar indicated a line of thunderstorms was capable of producing a tornado around Manahawkin, Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light. But heavy rain and strong winds remain an issue.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mitchell Gaines in Mount Holly says it’s unusual to see such strong storms so early in the day.
The storms have dumped 2 inches of rain or more and packed wind gusts of 65 mph mainly over Gloucester, Camden, Salem, Cumberland and Atlantic counties.
Flooding has closed some roads in Gloucester City, Cherry Hill and Glassboro.
Atlantic City Electric says nearly 9,000 customers are without electricity, mainly in Gloucester County.
The rain should subside by the afternoon.