Storms leave thousands without power in New Jersey

Severe thunderstorms have rolled through New Jersey, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

Residents were also dealing with excessive heat in many areas, as temperatures in the upper 80s and high humidity had the heat index hovering near 100 degrees.

Authorities say several people were overcome by the heat during a high school graduation ceremony in south Jersey, though none of the health problems seemed serious. The Egg Harbor Township ceremony had been moved up an hour after forecasters warned that the severe storms were approaching.

Tornado warnings were also issued for three southern counties, but officials say it doesn’t appear that any tornados touched down.

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Here’s how the weather radar looked earlier tonight.

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The storms were expected to bring cooler, less humid condition to the region by Wednesday morning.

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