Tornado watch issued for York County and surrounding areas

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for York and surrounding counties until 7 p.m. Friday.

A strong thunderstorm will impact Northern Lancaster and Central York County Friday afternoon, according to the NWS forecast. Radar indicates a strong thunderstorm tracking northeast at 50 mph with wind gusts of up to 50 mph and penny-sized hail predicted.

Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects. Minor hail damage to vegetation possible.

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Some isolated severe thunderstorms are possible Friday afternoon into early evening the weather service in State College said.

NWS said those isolated storms could lead to some short-term flooding in urban areas.

Hot and humid conditions are expected Saturday with maximum heat index values forecast to be in the upper 90s and approach 100 degrees. 

Isolated severe thunderstorms were expected Friday, May 20, 2022, during the afternoon and evening hours.

The weather service said be mindful of heat stress impacts given limited heat exposure and acclimation this early in the year.

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Isolated severe storms with wind damage and hail will be possible Sunday afternoon and evening.

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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