Ohio, surrounding states under severe storm watch

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A severe thunderstorm watch is effect across most of Ohio, as well as in parts of neighboring Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The National Weather Service issued the watch Sunday afternoon, effective through 8 p.m., with storms expected to intensify throughout the afternoon. It includes all but the upper northwest corner of Ohio, as well as southeast Indiana, north central Kentucky, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

Forecasters say the primary threats are gusting winds of up to 70 mph and isolated pockets of hail that could reach 1.5 inches in diameter.