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Severe Thunderstorms Threaten Area Thursday

With severe storms rolling through the Great Lakes region towards the Northeast, the Jersey Shore could be affected by strong thunderstorms this afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and is reporting that strong to severe thunderstorms may affect the region today.

The report says that there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms and the potential for a “widespread wind event” and the possibility of hail on Thursday afternoon.

A Heat Advisory has also been issued by the National Weather Service from noon to 8 p.m. Heat Index values could reach 104.

With heat illnesses possible, The National Weather Station recommends drinking plenty of fluids, staying inside and out of the sun and checking on relatives and neighbors.

The Lacey Township Office of Emergency Management’s website says that all thunderstorms are dangerous and produce lightning. Dangers associated with thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding.

“If thunder roars, go indoors,” Lacey’s OEM website says regarding thunderstorm preparation. The OEM team recommends staying indoors until 30 minutes have passed after the last clap of thunder.

For more information on thunderstorm preparation, what to do during and after a thunderstorm and how to cope with a disaster, click here.

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