TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Heavy thunderstorms carrying high winds and rain smacked New Jersey Thursday night, causing power outages around the state.

The storms rolled through in a wide swath across the state in the early evening, leaving downed trees and fallen branches in their wake.

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There were no reports or tornadoes, which forecasters had suggested as a possibility.

JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said about 14,000 utility customers were without power by about 8:30 p.m.

Morano says the outages are spread across northern and southern New Jersey.

The National Weather Service says winds were expected to reach up to 60 mph with quarter-sized hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 9 p.m. for Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Ocean counties.

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