The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch from 12:40 pm today until 10:00 pm tonight for many parts of New Jersey including Lakewood and the entire Ocean County.
This is in addition to the flash flood watch that is in effect until 8:00 am tomorrow.
A tornado watch is a severe weather watch product issued by national weather forecasting agencies when meteorological conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. In addition to the potential for tornado development, thunderstorms that develop within the watch area may contain large hail, straight-line winds, intense rainfall and/or flooding that pose a similar damage risk as the attendant tornado threat. A watch must not be confused with a tornado warning.