The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for the New Jersey area.
The watch is in effect until 5:00 p.m. today.
A watch means that “atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes,” according to the National Weather Service.
That differs from a warning, which is issued when a severe thunderstorm “has developed and his either produced a tornado or radar has indicated intense low level rotation in the presence of atmopsheric conditions conducive to tornado development.”
See the earlier report detailing the heavy rain and thunderstorm threat for today.