Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Tornado watch issued for Monroe, Randolph counties

Tornado watch issued for Monroe, Randolph counties

With the storms comes a chance for wind damage, quarter-sized hail, localized downpours that could produce flash flooding in a few spots and isolated, brief tornadoes.

Strong thunderstorms are expected to develop over the region in the afternoon, bringing with them heavy rain and the possibility for severe wind gusts. There's also a chance for glazing ice, according to the National Weather Service, which could down more tree limbs and power lines. Another dozen outages were reported in Colleton County.

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Urban areas of San Diego, which are not included in the high wind watch's boundaries, were expected to see wind speeds no higher than about 25 miles per hour, forecasters said. This tornado drill warning should last about one minute. "Have your weather plan in place and be ready to act on it", he said. At greatest risk today are vehicles, especially high-profile vehicles such as delivery trucks and 18-wheelers, on north-to-south and northwest-to-southeast oriented roads.

Be sure to have means of getting weather alert either with a weather radio or the Action News 5 First Alert Weather app.

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The National Weather Service, the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state, county and local agencies have come together to host Severe Weather Awareness Week activities. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. You can see the latest forecast here. Check back for updates.

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