What to Know
- The heat and humidity cranked up again on Thursday and some severe storms rolled in as the evening time came around
- On Long Island, a reported lightning strike on Old East Neck Road in Melville sparked a small fire, which was quickly put out
- It now gets cooler after the cold front settles in, but Storm Team 4 is keeping a close eye on Florence, which is expected to re-strengthen
Storms, some severe, rolled into the region Thursday night as a strong cold front began to make its way into the area, causing damage in some spots.
Lots of lightning are accompanying some storms, and small hail was also a possibility. On Long Island, a reported lightning strike on Old East Neck Road in Melville sparked a small fire, which was quickly put out, according to Suffolk police.
The storm threat gives way to the end of the fourth heat wave of 2018, setting the stage for much cooler and less humid air Friday morning.
Saturday will be the brighter of the weekend days, but clouds will still linger, keeping the temperatures down into the 70s. A few rain showers can't be ruled out either, Storm Team 4 says, but the rain should stay to parts of central and southern New Jersey.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will move toward the region on Sunday, bringing a greater chance for showers late in the day.
Meanwhile, Florence, which was a major hurricane has now dipped back down to a tropical storm, is moving toward Bermuda and could hit the island early next weekend. Forecasters say Florence will re-strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday. After that, several forecast models take the storm toward the coast of either the tri-state or Mid-Atlantic.