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Tornado watch issued

A tornado watch has been issued until 7 p.m. for the local area, including Franklin and Southampton County.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida, which struck the Gulf Coast on Sunday, will cross the Mid-Atlantic today. Rain, strong storms and a stray tornado may be possible.

A tornado watch means conditions may be ripe for formation of a tornado. A tornado warning will be issued if one is spotted in the sky or indicated by radar.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area, get to the interior of the lowest floor of a sturdy building.