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Strong Thunderstorms Form As Heat Wave Continues

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of Ocean County as New Jersey’s heat wave continues.

A strong storm near Barnegat with heavy rain, strong winds, quarter sized hail and frequent lightning is moving to the east.

A seperate storm has formed to the west of this cell taking the same path. There are some storms further back west in Pennsylvania that could affect New Jersey

Officials are urging New Jerseyans to check on their elderly or disabled neighbors during the heat wave.Forecasters say temperatures in the 90s will combine with humidity to make it feel like 105 degrees in parts of the state Thursday.

Experts say the heat poses the biggest threat to the very young, the very old and pets.

The National Weather Service expects the heat wave to break in the form of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.

Utilities are monitoring usage as people rely on air conditioners to stay cool.

Cities, like Hoboken, have set up sprinklers in parks. Others are keeping swimming pools open later.

Amtrak says the heat loosened overhead power lines on the Northeast Corridor and that caused train delays on Wednesday afternoon.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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