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N.J. weather: Tornado warning issued in parts of 3 N.J. counties logo 7/18/2021 Staff,

Two tornado warnings were issued again late Saturday night by the National Weather Service for parts of Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean counties as strong thunderstorms were moving across the region, dumping heavy rain and generating strong winds.

The warning for Fort Dix, New Egypt and Wrightstown was issued at about 10:22 p.m. and was set to expire at 10:45 p.m.

Another warning issued further north for Cream Ridge and Hornerstown was set to expire at 11:15 p.m.

Penny-sized hail was possible, the warning said.

UPDATE: At 10:55 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service has lifted the latest tornado warnings, so as of now there are no active tornado warnings in New Jersey. And so far, there have been no confirmed funnel clouds touching down in the Garden State, despite the warnings and intense thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect in parts of Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties until 11:15 p.m. Saturday, and a flash flood warning is active in those same counties until 2 a.m. Sunday, along with Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.

The National Weather Service said strong thunderstorm cells are moving through those areas packing wind gusts of 60 mph, quarter-size hail and frequent lightning.

UPDATE (11:35 p.m.): The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the southwestern region of Somerset County, effective until 9 a.m. Sunday. As of 11:25 p.m. Saturday, rainfall totals in that region of the state were between 3 inches and 5 inches.

“While little additional rainfall is expected overnight, runoff from the heavy rain will continue to cause flooding in the area until Sunday morning,” the weather service said in the flood warning. Among the locations where flooding has been reported Saturday night were Belle Mead, Bridgewater, Cloverhill, Flagtown, Manville, Millstone, Raritan Borough, Rocky Hill and Skillman.

Almost 4 inches of rain has fallen in the Kingwood area of Hunterdon County as of 11 p.m. Saturday, with most of the rain reported between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to rainfall data from the Rutgers NJ Weather Network.

About 4.5 inches of rain was reported near the Stanton section of Readington Township in Hunterdon County on Saturday, according to a storm report from a trained weather spotter. That’s how much rain normally falls in New Jersey during the entire month of July.

Another trained weather spotter reported a whopping 5.4 inches of rain in Flemington as of 9 p.m. Saturday.

Torrential rain also hit Newark hard, flooding streets, stranding cars and causing major flight delays at Newark Liberty International Airport. And flash flooding was being reported at 11 p.m. in Branchburg in Somerset County, along the north branch of the Raritan River, according to the National Weather Service.

Earlier on Saturday, two additional tornado warnings were issued in central New Jersey, one near Flemington in Hunterdon County and one in the Woodbridge area of Middlesex County.

The National Weather Service said a trained weather spotter reported a funnel cloud at 3:07 pm. from his vantage point in Woodbridge, but it did not appear to make contact with the ground.

Just five days ago, on July 12, a tornado warning was issued in parts of Bergen and Passaic counties on another stormy day. But no tornadoes were confirmed.

Two tornadoes touched down in New Jersey as Tropical Storm Elsa brushed the eastern Shore region early Friday morning, July 9.

The first one was an EF-1, which packed peak winds of 100 mph as it touched down in Woodbine in Cape May County around 2:40 a.m. and lasted about two minutes, the weather service said. The second twister was classified as a lower-level EF-0, with peak winds of 80 mph, touching down at 3:33 a.m. along Sycamore Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County.

NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.

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