LONG BRANCH: Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida Atlantic coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Although the storm is not predicted to make landfall in New Jersey, it could still bring some wet weather, large waves and rip tides to the area on Thursday and early Friday.
"The potential for heavy rainfall and flooding will exist in advance of this system late in the week," an advisory from the National Weather Service states. "Any additional impacts will be determined by the size and track of this system, which is still uncertain at this time."
The storm is currently forecasted to move northeastward near the Carolinas and then off the northern mid-Atlantic coast later this week.
Local fireworks displays could be jeopardized by high winds and heavy rain.
The rain dates for the West Long Branch and Ocean Township fireworks displays are Saturday, July 5.
Oceanfest will be held rain or shine, but the fireworks, scheduled for 9 a.m., have no current rain date.
Here is the latest forecast from the National Weather Service as of 11:15 a.m. on July 1:
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 9 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9am, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 60%.