Harford placed under tornado watch until 5 p.m. Friday

Harford County has been placed under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. today (Friday), according to the National Weather Service.

A robocall went out from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services to county residents around 11:20 a.m. advising them of the tornado watch.

According to the robocall, there is “a risk of tornado development.” The NWS forecast says a cold front will move through the area in the afternoon, accompanied by showers and isolated thunderstorms, that could produce “locally damaging wind gusts.”

Residents are being advised by emergency officials to monitor weather conditions and be prepared to take immediate shelter in the event of a tornado or other severe weather.

The tornado watch includes Cecil and Baltimore counties, as well as other counties in the Baltimore metropolitan area and on the Eastern Shore, according to the NWS.

The complete message from Harford County Emergency Services reads as follows:

"This is an important message from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services.  The National Weather Service has placed Harford County under at Tornado Watch until 5 p.m. today.  A cold front will move through the area early this afternoon.  Showers and isolated thunderstorms could produce locally damaging wind gusts as well and there is a risk for tornado development.  Please monitor local weather and seek immediate shelter if necessary.  Thanks and be safe.”

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