Much of the region under tornado watch Sunday

April 15, 2019

HUNTINGTON — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of the region as a severe thunderstorm was expected to bring wind gusts up to 45 mph Sunday.

The watch was issued until 9 p.m. Sunday for 13 West Virginia counties, including Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Putnam. Boyd County, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Ohio, were also advised to be on the lookout for possible tornadoes.

Earlier Sunday, The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for most of West Virginia as a severe thunderstorm was expected to bring 20 mph to 30 mph winds. Wind gusts, which are brief increases of wind speed, may also reach more than 45 mph.

“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result,” according to the advisory.

Strong winds may also make driving difficult, especially for large trucks and tractor-trailers, according to the advisory.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, people should be on the lookout for dark and rotating clouds. If spotted, people are advised to take shelter immediately.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma issues a watch when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in a certain region. It is different from a warning, which would mean a tornado was spotted or imminent.