Update: York County under tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning


6:15 p.m. update: The National Weather Service says a north-south band of strong thunderstorms will pass southeast through pretty much all of York County in the next hour.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 7:30 p.m., according to the weather service. The storms, moving at about 35 mph, have been producing damaging winds at speeds of up to 60 mph, the NWS said.

The tornado watch remains in effect for he area, the NWS said. It said a tornado is not "immediately likely," but it is possible. That's what the NWS means when it says that there is a "watch" in effect for a weather scenario — conditions are such that the event could happen, but there are no confirmed instances of it. A "warning" — which is not in effect for tornadoes, but is for severe thunderstorms — means that the weather event actually has been spotted nearby.

Originally reported: A tornado watch is in effect for York County, as well as several counties in the state and two in Maryland, until later tonight.

The National Weather Service issued the watch at 2:25 p.m. and it is in effect until 8 p.m.

The watch came after forecasters predicted severe thunder storms will hit the county today.

There's an 80 percent chance of rain Monday, including thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. he wind could gust as high as 21 mph at times.

The day should be cloudy, with a high near 82 and a low of around 68.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Tuesday, mainly before 8 a.m. The day should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. and a low of around 60.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 84 and a low around 66.