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09/18/2012

Tornado Watch/Severe Weather Notice

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Philadelphia and surrounding counties until 7pm today. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes. Persons in the watch area should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

In addition, the Office of Emergency Management is monitoring thunderstorms and winds moving our way this afternoon. Even if a tornado does not develop, thunderstorms can bring in destructive straight line winds. Although unlikely, depending on how rainfall develops, small stream and/or river flooding may also be possible. A Wind Advisory is currently in effect until 12am this evening. Gusts could reach upwards of 50 mph with sustained winds between 20 and 25 mph.

Finally, a Coastal flood advisory is in effect until 6pm this evening. Minor flooding is possible along the Delaware River with high tide expected at 4pm. For current weather information, please visit the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/phi

If traveling in the area, please exercise caution and seek shelter as needed.