Flood advisory in effect as severe weather crosses Philly region

Just in time for the peak homeward commute, a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for the immediate Philadelphia area.

Peak winds could approach 60 mph as the storm roars through the region.

The National Weather Service has a severe-thunderstorm warning in effect until 5:15 p.m., and has posted a "flood advisory" until 6:30 p.m. for the city and neighboring Pennsylvania counties.

A severe-thunderstorm watch remains until 8 p.m. for the entire region, all the way to the Shore.

The first of what the National Weather Service says would man “many” thunderstorms in region poppped up at midafternoon, affecting parts of northwest Philadelphia and adjacent towns.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado “warning” for areas just east of Harrisburg into Lancaster County.

That expired at 2:15 p.m., and while no twister sightings have been confirmed, and the weather service reported numerous downed trees and wires in south-central Pennsylvania.

As a strong cold front plows eastward through the water-vapor soup we’ve lived with the last few days, the entire region, including all of South Jersey and Delaware, are under severe-storm watch until 8 p.m.

In any storms winds could approach 60 mph.

A flood watch is in effect until midnight.