UPDATE 5:57 p.m.: The National Weather Service canceled the severe thunderstorm watch for Racine County.

UPDATE AT 5:49 p.m.: Strong thunderstorms have clustered and are moving into northeastern Racine and Milwaukee counties. The storms are moving at about 40 mph.

ORIGINAL STORY: A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 8 p.m. Monday night for a number of Wisconsin counties including: Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties.

The primary threat: Large hail and damaging winds, according to a press release by the National Weather Service.

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to develop and residents should watch for them. The National Weather Service is one that produce one inch hail or large, and/or winds more than 58 miles per hour.

The effected counties are:

COLUMBIA             CRAWFORD            DANE
DODGE                GRANT               GREEN
IOWA                 JEFFERSON           KENOSHA
RACINE               RICHLAND            ROCK
SAUK                 WALWORTH            WASHINGTON


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