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article imageNew Jersey among states recovering from heavy storms

By Abigail Prendergast     Jul 29, 2012 in Environment
Heavy rain and thunderstorms have spent this past Saturday pummeling the state of New Jersey, especially by the shore. While no weather equally as intense is predicted for the upcoming week, scattered storms and patches of downpours are expected.
The central part of New Jersey has recently been bombarded with hit after hit of heavy rainfall and intense thunderstorms. Monmouth and Ocean counties took the brunt of this extreme weather on Saturday afternoon, with towns such as Brick, Toms River and Lakewood being hit the hardest.
According to the New York Post, 30,000 people lost power due to these tremendous storms, and upon attempts made by Jersey Central Power and Light to restore it, a whole new round of storms hurled a monkey wrench into their efforts.
It was "disturbance at the jet stream level," mixed with the already present warm and humid air that mixed the cocktail generating these storms, one of AccuWeather.com's senior meteorologists Dan Pydynowski told NJ.com. Said disturbance occurred 25,000-plus feet from the ground, allowing the moist air to rise and condensate into heavy storm clouds, and thus a lot of rain, very quickly, he added.
The storms built up their strength and intensity while working their way through eastern Pennsylvania between 4 and 5 PM, then striking a good portion of New Jersey, albeit hitting more against places by the shore areas. The Jersey beach towns endured the thunder, lightning and obscene amounts of rainfall from 7 to 10 PM, before the storms headed further eastward out to sea around 11PM.
As far as New Jersey's rainfall report from these storms is concerned, amounts vary, but Monmouth county was hit the hardest and Toms River reported 2.71 inches of rain, and Freehold got 1.68 inches according to meteorologist Kristin Kline of the National Weather Service. Wind gusts that occurred during the storm maxed out at 60-65 miles per hour, she added.
"A lot of times with your typical summertime storms, you get .5 to 1.5 inches of rain, but (Sunday's storm) was a particularly moist atmosphere," thus higher rainfall totals, said Kline.
According to the Asbury Park Press, Freehold suffered some of the worst damage from the storms, resulting in several roads being shut down and thousands of residents without power.
Long Branch reported 576 homes without power, and East Windsor about 230 residents in the dark. Atlantic City Electric has restored power to 13,000 customers since Saturday's storms, but 300 residences are reported to have suffered outages today.
There doesn't seem to be much relief for the upcoming week either; while Monday will be humid yet dry, the rest of it will consist of scattered thunderstorms and patches of heavy rain. Even so, they are not predicted to be "as organized as Sunday's storm," Kline told NJ.com.
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