The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties until 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

The alert means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop. The tornado watch also is in effect for the western part of the state and New Hampshire.

Safety tips include: stay away from windows, and get to a basement or enclosed area. For more tips, go to spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html.

According to the weather service, the weather synopsis is: “A cold front will cross the region today, bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms, some thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds and large hail. This cold front will usher in cooler weather for tonight. Low pressure passes to our north on Thursday. High pressure will build in from the west on Friday and linger through the weekend.”

The current condition is “tornado watch.” If a tornado is spotted, or if one is imminent, a “tornado warning” will be issued. To report a funnel cloud, call the National Weather Service at 1-877-633-6772.