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Tornado Watch 251
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WW0251 Radar
Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Moderate Low
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
High Low
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
Moderate Moderate

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   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   Tornado Watch Number 251
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1135 AM EDT Fri May 20 2022

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     Northern Delaware
     Northern Maryland
     New Jersey
     Eastern Pennsylvania
     Northern Virginia
     Eastern West Virginia Panhandle
     Coastal Waters

   * Effective this Friday morning and evening from 1135 AM until
     700 PM EDT.

   * Primary threats include...
     A couple tornadoes possible
     Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
     Isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible

   SUMMARY...Thunderstorms are increasing over western Pennsylvania. 
   This activity will track rapidly eastward across the watch area
   today, posing a risk of damaging winds and a few tornadoes.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles
   north and south of a line from 15 miles west southwest of Altoona PA
   to 15 miles south of Newark NJ. For a complete depiction of the
   watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

   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.

   &&

   AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
   surface and aloft to 2 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
   gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500. Mean
   storm motion vector 27040.

   ...Hart
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