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Damaging Wind, Large Hail in Forecast Thursday Night

National Weather Service warns that an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall are expected to roll into Northern New Jersey tonight between 5 and 6 p.m., according to The National Weather Service.

Thunderstorms bringing damaging winds up to 58 mph and quarter-sized large hail were expected to last until about 10 p.m., according to the hazardous weather warning and forecasts issued early this morning and an advisory this afternoon

"An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out," the alert advised.

Storm conditions are expected to dissipate as the week ends, with the chance of showers and thunderstorms decreasing to 20 percent by Friday night.

The temperature is forecasted to pick-up slightly on Friday, peaking in the low-to-mid 90s.

While Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes haven't issued any warning to residents as of 3 p.m. Thursday, the Midland Park Office of Emergency Management cautioned residents there that severe thunderstorms with high winds could impact homeowners and travelers.

"Property can be kept safe by bringing in or tying down lawn furniture or other items that are likely to be blown around," the email blast warned. "Please stay indoors during these storms. 'If lightening roars, stay indoors.' ... Please don't drive through large pooled water on streets."

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