Severe Weather Threat Subsides, Showers Linger

The severe weather is over, but the showers will continue in areas overnight

By Storm Team 4
|  Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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Steve Villanueva's evening forecast for Thursday, June 13.

Steve Villanueva's evening forecast for Thursday, June 13.

The threat of severe weather is over for most of the tri-state, but showers with pockets of heavy rain continue to move across the area.
 
Meteorologists warn that some of the water is ponding on local roads, leading to a flood advisory for parts of the region for minor urban flooding that should be over by late Thursday night. 
 
Meanwhile, the center of the storm was moving across New Jersey; the rain is expected to last into the early overnight hours. 

Earlier, thunderstorms with whipping winds and lightning rumbled across southern New Jersey as wind-swept rain throttled the five boroughs of New York City. In Lakewood, N.J., lightning struck a local office of the nonprofit Kars4Kids. No one was injured, but the strike damaged an interior wall.

"We were sitting at our desks, business as usual, when we heard a really loud bang and saw an explosion," said Wendy Kirwan, director of media relations at Kars4Kids. "Everyone was freaking out."


Though the threat for severe weather has dissipated, meteorologists say heavy rain will still be a problem. Forecasters predict 1 to 2 inches of rain will fall on swollen rivers and ground that's already saturated from earlier storms that dumped up to 7 inches of water on the region in less than a week.

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Winds should pick up east of the city toward the morning hours Friday, with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. A few showers are possible for the morning commute, but most areas should be dry.
 
Friday will be partly sunny during the day, though a pop-up shower may be possible, mainly north and west. The winds will back off as the storm pulls away.
 
The weather improves for the weekend, with temperatures returning to the high 70s amid sunny skies. Saturday looks to be the better half of the weekend, as Sunday will feature increasing clouds with a shower later in the day. 

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