The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several areas in New Jersey until 5 p.m. Friday.
Atlantic, Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Somerset, Burlington, Cumberland, Mercer, Ocean, Camden, Gloucester, Middlesex and Salem counties are included in the watch.
Other parts of the country are also experiencing high winds and tornado warnings. A storm, called a panhandle hook for its origin in the panhandles of Oklahoma or Texas and its twisting shape, triggered concerns about damaging winds and possible tornadoes from parts of South Carolina through North Carolina, Virginia, southern Maryland and Delaware, forecasters said.
"There is a pretty extensive line of storms that extends from just west and southwest of Washington, D.C., all the way down to the Florida panhandle," said Jeremy Grams, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center.
In New York, forecasters predicted a return from the polar vortex early next week following a brief warm up, with highs in the 50s over the weekend.