‘Wait these storms out’: Slow-moving cell packing a wallop

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NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – Thunderstorms rocked and rain pelted the tri-state area Wednesday, hitting the New Jersey coastline especially hard.

“The thunderstorms out there are potentially severe. Wait these storms out. … This is not a storm you want to fight your way through. This is a storm you want to sit out,” PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church said.

Flood advisories expired at 7 a.m. for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Ocean and Union counties until at least 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. But Church said dangerous conditions will persist.

PIX11's radar picked up two potential areas of rotation in the thunderstorm, just off the Jersey Shore. It’s the second time in as many days that a water spout has been spotted over the Atlantic. It was too soon to known whether they would sustain itself long enough to reach landfall.

Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and lower Manhattan are also being hit hard by the storm.

In Coney Island, PIX11 viewers captured intense lightning strikes that lit up the sky for seconds.

Because the storm is moving so slowly, expect much of this dreary, potentially dangerous weather to last throughout the day.

Commuters are advised to give themselves extra time and drivers are urged to take it slowly on the roads, which may be slick or flooded.

Rain will continue through Thursday morning with partial clearing expected in the afternoon and a lingering chance of scattered showers.