Watch in effect until 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for portions of DC, Delaware, central and eastern Maryland, northeast North Carolina, central and eastern Virginia coastal waters, effective this Friday morning and afternoon from 10:40 a.m. until 5 p.m. EST.

Primary threats include several tornadoes possible, numerous damaging wind gusts likely with a few significant gusts to 75 mph are possible. The Tornado Watch area is approximately along and 75 statute miles east and west of a line from 30 miles east southeast of Roanoke Rapids North Carolina to 25 miles northwest of Dover.

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.