The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Rolla area that is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

The watch includes the following counties: Phelps, Pulaski, Maries, Dent, Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Texas, Douglas, Ozark, Taney and Wright.

It includes the cities of Alton, Ava, Branson, Cabool, Eminence, Forsyth, Fort Leonard Wood, Gainesville, Houston, Mansfied, Mountain Grove, Rolla, Salem, Thayer, Theodosia, Vienna, Waynesville, West Plains, Willow Springs and Winona.

We will update this story if conditions change or if a tornado warning is issued.