NWS: Tornado Watch for Philadelphia and Surrounding Counties

A "watch" is less ominous than a "warning," but the National Weather Service recommends you be on alert until 10 p.m. Monday.

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Living in Philadelphia, there are certain things you never really expect to hear: that your football team just won the Super Bowl; that the schools are the fifth best in the country; and that there might just be a tornado ripping through the city.

Well, the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Philadelphia and surrounding counties until 10 p.m. on Monday. Here’s what the NWS had to say (in ALL CAPS, of course, shortly after 3 p.m.):

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 90
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
305 PM EDT MON APR 20 2015

TORNADO WATCH 90 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

PAC001-009-011-013-017-021-029-041-043-045-055-057-061-067-071-
075-077-087-091-099-101-111-133-210200-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0090.150420T1905Z-150421T0200Z/

PA
. PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ADAMS BEDFORD BERKS
BLAIR BUCKS CAMBRIA
CHESTER CUMBERLAND DAUPHIN
DELAWARE FRANKLIN FULTON
HUNTINGDON JUNIATA LANCASTER
LEBANON LEHIGH MIFFLIN
MONTGOMERY PERRY PHILADELPHIA
SOMERSET YORK
$$

Of course, a watch is less ominous than a warning, but still… We suggest you keep an eye on how this system is developing.

Here’s a tutorial from the National Weather Service on what to do if a tornado does actually strike: