Severe Storms With Flooding, Hail, Wind Slam Region

What to Know

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch lasts until 10 p.m.
  • Potential for rain, lightning, strong winds, hail.
  • Weather clears out for the weekend.

Severe storms with heavy rain, flooding, strong, 60 mph winds and billiard-size hail slammed the area Friday. A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for central Cumberland County until 8:45 p.m. Emergency management in the county reported 5.5 inches of rain in under two hours and there were numerous rescues due to flooding in roads.

One of the hardest hit areas was Vineland, New Jersey. SkyForce10 was over the town early Friday evening and captured widespread flooding on streets in the area with vehicles halfway submerged in water.

"It got too crazy," said Jose Cruz, a Vineland resident. "Everything's wet!"

Vineland residents told NBC10 they've complained about the drainage system in their neighborhood which was overwhelmed by the water. One man was able to wade through the flood waters to rescue his dog. His chickens did not survive however.

Another Vineland resident, Joy Peterson, told NBC10 she was stranded when her vehicle got stuck in the flood.

"It felt like I was in a river or an ocean or something," she said. "It was just really, really devastating. It was really, really frightening."

Responding firefighters were able to push Peterson's vehicle free but she's now having trouble starting it. 

"It was just too much," she said. "I've never seen it like this before."

Vineland residents are now cleaning up and hoping to get their yards in shape for events planned for the 4th of July Weekend.

The Flash Flood Warning was also in effect for Atlantic, Ocean and Burlington counties but was later lifted. Chester and New Castle counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:15 p.m. The rest of the viewing area was under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. when the system finally moved out.

During the storms, one man recorded what may have been a funnel cloud in Millville, New Jersey. Officials have not yet confirmed whether a funnel cloud actually touched down however.

On the bright side, conditions will be sunny and dry for the holiday weekend. However, we could see more rain south of Philadelphia on July 4th. Stay with for the latest weather updates.

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