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JUST IN: Tornado Watch Issued for Arlington, Region

Arlington and much of the region is under a Tornado Watch from now through 10 p.m.

Forecasters say storms now forming to the west could pack strong winds and even some tornadoes. Those in the watch zone are urged to keep an eye on the sky, and to take cover if necessary.

More from the National Weather Service:

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Tornado Watch Number 485
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
340 PM EDT Thu Sep 3 2020

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Tornado Watch for portions of District Of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Southern New Jersey, Southeast Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia Panhandle, Coastal Waters

* Effective this Thursday afternoon and evening from 340 PM until 1000 PM EDT.

* Primary threats include… A few tornadoes likely. Scattered damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts
to 75 mph possible.

SUMMARY…Multiple supercells will likely develop near and north of the greater Washington D.C. area and spread east as a cluster across the coastal plain through mid-evening. A few tornadoes and swaths of damaging winds are likely.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 85 statute miles east and west of a line from 45 miles north northwest of Wilmington DE to 30 miles west southwest of Patuxent River MD…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

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