The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for a large area from McDonough County all the way to The Great Lakes. The only county in the viewing area under the watch is McDonough. The primary threat looks like it will be north and northeast from our viewing area. The watch is valid until 8:00 PM. REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Primary threats include:. Tornadoes possible, scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible, scattered large hail to 1.5 inches in diameter possible SUMMARY...Scattered thunderstorms are beginning to form across eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois. These storms will persist through the afternoon and track northeastward across the watch area. The strongest cells will pose a risk of tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail.