Tornado Watch posted for Bay region
UPDATE: 5 P.M.: The Tornado Watch has been lifted for Howard and Montgomery Counties, Baltimore and Washington. It remains in effect until 8 p.m. south and east of the I-95 corridor. Tornado Warnings have been issued for portions of Virginia.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: A waterspout was reported this afternoon in the tidal Potomac, about 2 miles south southeast of Rock Point, in southern Charles County. (If you have pictures, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
UPDATE, 6 p.m.: The Tornado Watch is now lifted for Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties.
An earlier post resumes below:
The National Weather Service has posted a Tornado Watch for the Baltimore-Washington corridor, Southern Maryland, the Entire Eastern Shore and eastern Virginia, effective until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
MARYLAND COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
ANNE ARUNDEL BALTIMORE CALVERT
CAROLINE CECIL CHARLES
DORCHESTER HARFORD HOWARD
KENT MONTGOMERY PRINCE GEORGES
QUEEN ANNE`S SOMERSET ST. MARYS
TALBOT WICOMICO WORCESTER
A Tornado Watch means that conditions are in place for tornado development. A Tornado Warning would be issued if forecasters see rotation in their radar echoes, or spotters report a funnel cloud. Also implied in the watch is the possibility for severe thunderstorms, with large hail and damaging winds.
The risk of severe weather comes as a cold front moves across the region today, the remnant of the front that caused historic storms and several tornadoes across the Midwest on Tuesday. Here's more on today's storms.
Here's more from the NWS:
800 PM EDT.
TORNADOES...HAIL TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS
TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF
SOUTH HILL VIRGINIA TO 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF ATLANTIC CITY NEW
JERSEY. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED
WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).
REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.