BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for central Maryland and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Friday. Some areas are covered by storm warnings.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for southern Baltimore City, northwestern Anne Arundel County, southeastern Howard County, east central Montgomery County, south central Baltimore County and northeastern Prince George’s County until 5:30 p.m.

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A warning for west central Harford County and central Baltimore County is in effect until 5:45 p.m.

Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington counties and Baltimore City are under the watch, according to the National Weather Service.

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Meteorologist Meg McNamara said the main threat is damaging winds and large hail.

CBS Baltimore Staff