BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ —  With the risk for severe, damaging winds and heavy rain, Monmouth County is under a flash flood watch through 10 p.m. today.

Showers and thunderstorms could bring up to two inches of heavy rain in a short period of time, flooding roadways and areas of poor drainage, according to the latest August 6 forecast by the National Weather Service.

Off the coast from Sandy Hook to Little Egg Harbor, mariners can expect gusty winds to around 30 knots, locally higher waves band lightning strikes. Boaters should seek safe harbor immediately until these storms pass, according to the weather service.

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The latest forecast from the National Weather Service:

This afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. South wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 72. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 81. West wind 9 to 11 mph.

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