Tornado Watch Issued for Region

stormBARNSTABLE – Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. tonight, along with the rest of the state, according to information from the National Weather Service.

Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency stated that a tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornados.

A tornado warning would mean that severe weather is imminent.

Besides Cape Cod, the following other counties were originally under the watch: Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester.  MEMA added Berkshire County to the list, so that it includes the entire state.

The National Weather Service states that showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 9 p.m. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain.

The National Weather Service also states that the tornado watch has been issued for an area from Vermont through Massachusetts and part of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Severe thunderstorm watches extend from New Hampshire through West Virginia. Severe thunderstorms will continue to develop well into the evening, while tornadoes will also be possible.

Residents are urged to monitor local weather conditions and be prepared to protect life and property, according to the National Weather Service.


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