UPDATE: All tornado watches in New Jersey and New York City have been canceled. They originally were in effect until 7 a.m., but the tornado threat has subsided. Some thunderstorms continue moving through our region. A wind advisory goes into effect at noon today, with gusts up to 45 to 50 mph
A tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for New Jersey as a heavy band of dangerous thunderstorms continues to pound the state with heavy rain and high winds.
The tornado watch expires at 7 a.m. and also includes New York City.
Much of the state is under a flood advisory as well. The heaviest bands were expected to start moving off the Jersey Shore after 5 a.m. and conditions should improve heading in the busiest part of the morning rush.
As of 5:15 a.m., more than 35,000 homes and businesses were without power.
Multiple crashes, downed trees and flooded roads were reported on 511.nj.org, the state’s traffic website.
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