BARNEGAT/TOWNSHIP OF OCEAN, NJ – According to the National Weather Service, today’s forecast calls for potentially hazardous conditions. Scattered thunderstorms could start as early as this afternoon and continue through evening. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding  are on the radar throughout Southern Ocean County.

Weather experts say that current temperatures in the 80s feel as high as the mid to high 90s.  Humidity and lack of wind are just two factors that make it feel hotter outside and difficult to breathe.

By evening, temperatures in both Barnegat and Ocean Township are expected to plummet to the mid to low 70s.  Humidity levels may rise as high as 94% by nighttime.

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Storm Precautions

During the month of July, flash flooding caused problems for many motorists in Southern Ocean County.  The general rule of thumb suggests avoiding driving through flood waters higher than four inches.

Drivers should proceed through even low water as slowly as possible and test their brakes as soon as possible.

Failure to comply with these simple recommendations can result in water seeping into the bottom of a vehicle. As little as six inches of water on the roadway can enter a car or SUV and make it inoperable or out of control.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms and lightening continue to represent dangerous conditions.  According to the American Red Cross, lightening strikes even when it’s not raining.

Thunder signals the sound of stormy consequences regardless of its proximity. Individuals should seek shelter and stay there until thirty minutes after the last thunderclap.

The National Weather Service offers extensive information regarding safety precautions during thunderstorms.  Once inside, it is critical to stay away from windows and anything associated with plumbing and electricity. Check the National Weather Service’s suggestions for further concerns.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.