UPDATED: NWS Cancels Tornado Watch

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments | Weather

(Credit: NOAA) Possibility of tornados until 5 p.m.

Updated: Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m.

While strong storms are still a possibility, the National Weather Service has cancelled the tornado watch.

Original Story:

There is a tornado watch in effect from 10:40 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday in Prince William and surrounding cities and counties.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that this hazardous weather outlook applies to Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, Tidal Potomac River and Central Maryland.

The National Weather Service advises DC. Metro Area residents to “move indoors until this activity has passed,” as wind gusts of 30-40 miles per hour are expected.

The primary threat with this storm is “damaging straight line winds, with a threat for tornadoes increasing southeast from Washington, D.C.”

The Doppler radar also detects showers with heavy rains and gusts of winds near The Plains and coming towards Prince William, moving northeast at 55 miles per hour.

Heavy downpours could reduce visibility on roadways; up to one-quarter inch of rain is expected.

A small craft advisory is also in effect for damaging winds and isolated thunderstorms.

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