Some Shore areas might experience severe thunderstorms Thursday evening

    A lightning strike over the ocean as seen from Ocean Grove. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/Blur Revision Media Design)

    A lightning strike over the ocean as seen from Ocean Grove. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/Blur Revision Media Design)

    Severe thunderstorms are possible in a portion of the Jersey Shore Thursday evening, forecasters say. 

    The National Weather Service says a “convective complex,” or a bundle of thunderstorms, is likely to impact northern New Jersey, but some scattered activity is possible south into Ocean County.

    In addition to cloud-to-ground lightning, some of the storms could generate gusty winds and downpours.

    The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Monmouth and Ocean counties until 10 p.m.

    At 5:20 p.m., radar imagery indicated severe storms approaching the Pocono Mountains and heading generally southeast. Radar projections indicate storms approaching the northern Shore counties around the early evening hours.

    Storms are possible further south but the National Weather Service does not envision severe weather in Atlantic and Cape May counties as of late Thursday afternoon.

    The activity is likely to move off the coast overnight, with skies becoming clear to partly cloudy, according to the National Weather Service. 

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