Watches were in effect for parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.
The watch for Washington also included Northern Virginia, Maryland, central Pennsylvania and the eastern West Virginia Panhandle. The watch is in effect until midnight EDT. According to the Storm Prediction Center, “a few tornadoes are likely with a couple intense tornadoes possible” along with “widespread damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts to 75 mph.”
The weather service’s Twitter account for tornado information said there were warnings for about 3,000 people in West Virginia.
A tornado warning means one has been seen in person or on radar. A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.