WEATHER

Murphy declares state of emergency in South Jersey due to extreme flooding

Gov. Phil Murphy issued a state of emergency in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties on Thursday afternoon in light of severe weather conditions in the southern part of the state.

Early Thursday morning South Jersey was hit with widespread flooding with more bad weather expected through the evening hours on Thursday.

The National Weather Service forecasts another line of severe thunderstorms that could drop another 4 inches of rain on top of up to 5 inches that swamped the counties overnight.

That deluge scuttled cars, submerged yards and closed parts of major arteries — 295, the Turnpike and Routes 30, 73 and 130.

Several New Jersey PATCO stations and tracks were so flooded by debris-filled runoff that morning service was suspended.

In Westville, emergency workers used boats to pull people and pets out of sinking homes.

Emergency dispatchers in Camden County say they answered more than 1000 calls to 911, which is around four times what they typically handle.

A total of 16 counties are under flood watches or warnings through late Thursday evening.