- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Thousands of utility customers in New Jersey were without power Thursday as severe thunderstorms moved through the state, knocking down trees and utility lines.

The storms containing heavy rains, hail, lightning and strong winds reached the state around noon and were expected to remain in the region until dusk, according to the National Weather Service.

Drivers were being urged to use caution as the storms could make travel difficult at times and also cause minor to moderate flooding in some areas.

Roughly 16,000 utility customers were without electrical service Thursday afternoon, though most were expected to have their service restored by Thursday night at the latest.

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