By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) – A tornado watch was issued as strong storms moved across Massachusetts Tuesday. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for eastern parts of the state until 9:00 pm.

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Highest threat for severe weather would be between the hours of 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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More specifically, between 2-6 p.m. areas north and west of Boston and between 6-9 p.m. in areas south and east of Boston.

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The most significant threat would be damaging straight-line wind gusts, perhaps out ahead of or during a line of severe thunderstorms. Gusts could briefly reach over 75 mph.

There is also a risk of large hail (perhaps up to an inch in diameter) in some of the higher cloud topped thunderstorms.

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Frequent and dangerous cloud to ground lightning is expected.

Brief, heavy downpours could produce street flooding/flash flooding…in some areas it may coincide with the evening commute.

While a tornado is unlikely, it cannot be completely ruled out.


“When thunder roars, go indoors.”

As always we urge that you heed all thunderstorm watches and warnings and seek shelter immediately if you find yourself caught out in a storm. Stay tuned to WBZ-TV and for frequent updates on Tuesday.