Tornado Watch 2011: Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia And Delaware Counties On Alert (PHOTO)

08/27/2011 01:23 pm ET | Updated Oct 27, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for portions of eastern Maryland, southern New Jersey, southeast Virginia and Delaware, effective immediately until Saturday at 8 p.m. EST.

TORNADOES...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 45 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NORFOLK VIRGINIA TO 15 MILES NORTH OF ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY.

Look: Map of area under tornado watch, from NOAA and NWS:

Justin Kenney, the director of communications and external affairs for NOAA, tweeted that Washington, D.C., is not currently under a tornado watch, as had been previously reported.

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