CHARLESTON, W.Va.¬†—¬†Forty-two of the state’s 55 counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch from the National Weather Service until 10 p.m. Friday.

According to meteorologists, conditions are favorable for storms to develop. The storms could contain wind gusts of up to 60 mph, hail and heavy rain.

The weather service had already issued a handful of severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of western and central West Virginia by mid-afternoon Friday.

The counties under the severe thunderstorm watch include:

Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming.

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