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Tornado Watch Canceled, Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect

The National Weather Service said several counties could get damaging wind gusts.

Storm approaching Hanover at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 21. (Credit: Carlo Cardenas)
Storm approaching Hanover at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 21. (Credit: Carlo Cardenas)
Several jurisdictions in central Maryland were under a tornado watch that ended less than two hours after it was issued.

The tornado watch was issued at 10:40 a.m. and was canceled at 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties remain under a severe thunderstorm warning from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Damaging winds greater than 60 mph are possible, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service issued the tornado watch for more than 15 counties, including the following: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester. Baltimore City was also part of the watch area.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms that could produce a tornado.

Earlier in the day, the weather service issued a wind advisory for central and western Maryland, stating that a cold front would move through the area from the Allegheny mid-day that could bring thunderstorms and damaging wind gusts.

A dense fog advisory was in effect until noon in Cecil and Kent counties, where visibilities were limited Friday morning.

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