Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for parts of viewing area

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for parts of viewing area

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the following counties:

Ashland, OH

Crawford, OH

Erie, OH

Huron, OH

Lorain, OH

Morrow, OH

Ottawa, OH

Richland, OH

Sandusky, OH

Seneca, OH

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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