Tornado Watch posted for most of Maryland
With a line of strong to severe thunderstorms crossing Maryland Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va. has posted a tornado watch for almost the entire state, in effect until 8 p.m.:
"DAMAGING WIND GUSTS ARE THE MOST LIKELY THREAT. LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE."
The only area in Maryland that is NOT in the Watch zone is Allegany County in the far western mountains. Shortly after 1 p.m. the regional radar showed a broken line of storms moving across the Appalachians.
The most intense portion of the weather front at 1:20 p.m. appeared to be headed for Montgomery, Howard, PG and Anne Arundel counties. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was posted for western Montgomery.
If you have a NOAA Weather Radio, now is the time to switch it on.