Severe thunderstorm watch, flood watch issued for parts of Massachusetts

(WHDH) — Berkshire, Hampden and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts are under a severe thunderstorm watch Thursday.

The watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

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Storms could bring heavy rain, strong wind, hail and lightning.

Parts of Plymouth, Bristol, Hampen and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts are under a flash flood watch Thursday as storms again move through the region. Parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island are also included in the watch.

The watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

Scattered thunderstorms and torrential downpours are in the forecast. The National Weather Service says Thunderstorms will be capable of producing rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, with a low risk of localized 3 to 4 inch amounts possible.

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Flash flooding is possible through the afternoon and into the evening commute, but 7’s Wren Clair says dry air could limit the strength of the storms.

Areas impacted by the watch include portions of northern Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, including the following areas, in northern Connecticut, Hartford, Tolland, and Windham. In Massachusetts, Bristol, Hampden, Hampshire, and Western and Southern Plymouth. In Rhode Island, Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington. This also includes the cities and
towns of Hartford, Union, Vernon, Putnam, Willimantic, Amherst, Northampton, Springfield, Taunton, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Foster, Smithfield, Providence, Coventry,
West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, and Newport.


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