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National Weather Service upgrades the risk of flooding with the possibility of flooding and tornadoes



National Weather Service has upgraded its threat assessment to much of the state as a system of heavy thunderstorms sweeping toward New Jersey on Sunday night.

The system is expected to hit the state late Sunday evening and the risk of severe weather lasts until dawn, according to the National Weather Service. Damaging winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and isolated towers are all possible, said the service.

Most of the western state has been upgraded to an "increased risk" of severe weather, which means that there are many severe storms in these areas. The eastern part of the state is listed as a "small risk" which means scattered, large storms are possible.

The National Weather Service said the wind could blow down trees and power lines and there is the possibility of a localized tornado anywhere in New Jersey.

The service also issued a flash flood warning for Sussex and Warren counties in North Jersey. Heavy rain is expected up to 1

or 2 inches per hour across the state, but the two counties recently had two inches of rain so the land is already saturated, the service said.

Damage on roads could also affect the morning commute, and large windmills on Monday up to 50 km / h could also make it harder for crews to clear up any damage from the nocturnal storms, the service said.

National Weather Service reminded residents that storms like this can be particularly dangerous because most people sleep when they hit.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at rev erett@njadvancemedia.com . Follow her on Twitter @ rebeccajeverett . Find NJ.com on Facebook .

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