Arthur expected to stay well offshore, but churn New Jersey's surf for July 4th holiday

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Hurricane Arthur is expected to pass well off the New Jersey coast. But the storm is expected to churn the surf, keeping lifeguards on edge throughout the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Utility crews on Thursday are busy restoring service after a line of thunderstorms caused scattered power outages overnight. The storms downed trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through Friday morning because a cold front will interact with tropical air from Arthur. Forecasters say the potential exists for 1 to 3 inches of rain.

Enhanced rip currents are expected Thursday through the holiday weekend as Arthur moves up the coast. Beachgoers are cautioned to obey lifeguards and not swim at unguarded beaches.

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