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Tornado Watch In Effect For Parts Of N.J.

Photo: CBS 2

Photo: CBS 2

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey is getting some drought relief, but not without a cost.
   
Heavy rain began sweeping across the state Thursday as remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole moved up the Atlantic coast. No major problems were reported, though there were flight delays of up to three hours at area airports.
   
The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall in most areas, creating the potential for street and small stream flooding.
   
Forecasters say wind gusts of up to 50 mph are possible, meaning tree limbs and utility lines could come down. And a tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for southern New Jersey counties.
   
The entire state has been under a drought watch since Sept. 8, with residents urged to voluntarily conserve water.
   
   
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