NJ Tornado Watch canceled; strong wind, large hail in storm

Tornado Watches were posted for much of New Jersey on Friday as a line of storms moved east from the Midwest but have been canceled.

The National Weather Service said the weather system had the potential to produce a few isolated tornadoes on Friday afternoon into the evening. 

"The Tornado Watch has now been canceled for the entire region," National Weather Service tweeted just before 6:30 p.m. "All of the storms have weakened and moved out of the area."

The storm has the potential to create problems for the evening commute in the New York City region.

Isolated hail up to two inches in size was also possible from the storm. Scattered wind gusts were expected to hit 70 mph.

"These are dangerous storms. Prepare immediately for large destructive hail capable of producing significant damage," the National Weather Service said earlier in the day. "People outside should move to a shelter, inside a strong building and away from windows."

NJ severe storm timing

Storms moved through from about 2 p.m. from west to east, moving offshore by the early evening.

A Watch does not mean that a tornado will definitely take place, only that conditions are in place that could make them possible.

More than 17 million people are under the Tornado Watch.

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The storms came through ahead of very hot weather that will be in the New York City region over the weekend. A Heat Advisory has been issued for parts of the region on Saturday as temperatures reach into the 90s and the heat index could be over 100 degrees.