CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the following counties:
This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. A severe thunderstorm by definition is a thunderstorm that produces one-inch hail or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour.
The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours.
They are normally issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review severe thunderstorm safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.
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