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.