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Severe thunderstorms blow through Jersey Shore; 70 mph wind gust in Barnegat Light

A large tree fell on a home in Neptune Township on April 9. No one was injured. (Courtesy of Neptune Township OEM)

A large tree fell on a home in Neptune Township on April 9. No one was injured. (Courtesy of Neptune Township OEM)

Some utility customers at the Jersey Shore were without power Thursday as severe thunderstorms moved through the state, knocking down trees and utility lines.

About 1,000 utility customers were without power in both Ocean and Monmouth counties as of 3 p.m., while Atlantic County had less than 10.

The storms containing heavy rain, hail, lightning, and strong winds reached the state around noon and blew through the Shore area between 2 and 2:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Near hurricane-force wind gusts were reported to the National Weather Service along portions of the Jersey Shore, including a 71 mph wind gust in Barnegat Light in Ocean County. Other reported wind gusts include:

  • Toms River: 64.4 mph
  • Lanoka Harbor: 62 mph
  • Harvey Cedars: 61 mph

Downed power lines, poles and trees were reported throughout the area, including in Point Pleasant and Neptune. Pea-sized hail was also reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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