Severe thunderstorm warning, tornado watch issued for York County

York Dispatch

6:50 p.m. update: The severe thunderstorm warning has been extended to 7:45 p.m.

6 p.m. update: A severe thunderstorm was moving through York County, according to the National Weather Service.

York and Lancaster counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, the NWS said.

The storm was producing quarter-sized hail and winds up to 60 mph, the service said. 

Hail damage to vehicles was likely, and the winds could damage power lines and trees, the NWS said.

Update: A tornado watch has been issued for York County until 1 a.m. Sunday, May 13.

The tornado watch from the National Weather Service covers York County and other Pennsylvania counties to the east and north, including Lancaster and Dauphin, the NWS said.

A tornado watch means conditions are right for a tornado to form.

Previous story: A round of severe thunderstorms could bring damaging winds, hail and even tornadoes to York County and the rest of southern Pennsylvania Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Severe weather is likely between 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, the NWS said in a Facebook post. 

A statement on the NWS website said that storms could bring winds of 70 mph and hail up to an inch in diameter.

There is also a possibility for tornadoes to form, the NWS said.

Residents are urged to take precautions and be aware of the potential for severe weather throughout the day, the NWS said.