Severe weather warnings, watches issued across Massachusetts as heavy rain arrives

(WHDH) — Severe weather warnings and a watches have been issued across most of Massachusetts on Wednesday as heavy afternoon rain and storms move through.

The National Weather Service says Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 6 p.m. Large hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible.

A flash flood warning has been issued for Middlesex, Worcester, Norfolk and Plymouth counties until 7:15 p.m.

A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Worcester counties. The watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

The storms could bring torrential downpours that bring 1-2 inches per hour and up to 3 inches per hour in some areas.

Rapid flooding of urban areas and small streams is possible, according to the NWS.

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