Thunderstorm disrupts life in most parts of NJ
Heavy thunderstorm and blocked lanes caused minor flooding, bringing life to stand still in most parts of New Jersey.
Many parts of New Jersey are swiped by the band of thunderstorms, bringing in heavy rain, high winds and hail, forcing Governor Chris Christie to cancel his trip to boardwalk at ocean city.
The storm started in the afternoon at around 2 p.m., with parts of somerset county washed by rainfall of up to 4 inches an hour, as reported by National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Miketta.
Almost 13 counties have been affected by this severe thunderstorm.
Thunderstorm complicates things for some commuters
The weather service's radar showed that parts of Middlesex, Morris and Somerset counties received rainfall dropping up to 2 inches.
The heavy rainfall and poor drainage system caused minor flooding in low-lying areas and streets.
In an email alert issued by Somerset County officials, main streets between Brooks Boulevard and South Street were closed this afternoon due to flash flooding under the railroad trestle.
They were reopened at around 3:30 p.m.
In Somerset county there was no news of damage to businesses or homes, as reported by Patrick Smith, the deputy emergency management coordinator of the area.
More than one inch rain in ocean city
Further South, in ocean city, Governor Christie was forced to cancel his boardwalk visit to boast his administration's commitment to protect state beaches and waterways.
In Westwood, a house was damaged as a tree feel on it, but no one has been be injured.
In North Bergen, 91st street was flooded with several inches of water that stranded around 200 employees of The Vitamin Shoppe.
As per the New Jersey Weather and Climate Network, over two inches of rain fell on Jersey City between 3 pm and 5 pm.
During this time firefighters received around 60 weather related calls.
A stranded motorist was rescued from several feet of water, including an ambulance transporting a patient.