Lancaster County is under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. today. WGAL-TV had been predicting for showers today with a chance of isolated severe thunderstorms. At 9 a.m., just moments ago, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado watch for much of Pennsylvania, including Lancaster. Tornados are unusual in this area this time of year.
A watch simply means there is potential for the announced disaster. It does not mean one is here but rather the potential for a tornado is present. A watch is issued before a warning. The easy way to remember which comes first is that one watches out for a warning. Continue your normal day to day activities. However you should remain aware of the weather and turn on your local news or the weather channel.
Pennsylvania counties, in addition to Lancaster, that included in the watch are: Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, and York.
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