A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for a portion of the Jersey Shore late this afternoon.
The National Weather Service added Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties to the watch area issued earlier this afternoon that had included areas to the north and west.
A line of storms, including some that have achieved severe status, is marching toward to Delaware River as of 4:45 p.m.
Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible at the Shore early this evening, with strong damaging winds as the primary hazard.
But the service says that serve threat is generally lower near the coast since the cooler ocean waters have “limited surface heating considerably.”