Severe thunderstorm watch, warning issued for parts of New Jersey

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Live radar shows a thunderstorm over southern New Jersey on June 21, 2016, just as the National Weather Service placed the area under a severe thunderstorm warning. (Photo: PIX11 Weather Center)

Live radar shows a thunderstorm over southern New Jersey on June 21, 2016, just as the National Weather Service placed the area under a severe thunderstorm warning. (Photo: PIX11 Weather Center)

NEW JERSEY — Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are in effect for eight counties in New Jersey Tuesday as a hot summer day poses the risk of storms.

The watch is set to last until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. It applies to Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties.

The warning — which means a thunderstorm is more likely than a watch — applies to central Ocean County and will last until 3:30 p.m., the agency said. In that area, wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail the size of quarters are possible.

“Remember… if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning,” the NWS said in its alert.

Anyone in the area of the storm is urged to seek shelter in an interior room until the system passes.

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