Powerful thunderstorms, bearing potentially damaging winds and hail, are rolling east across the state, the National Weather Service is reporting.
By 4:31 p.m., spotters in Ashfield, Whately, and Amherst reported wind damage from the thunderstorms, while a spotter in Deerfield said dime-sized hail had fallen.
The weather service also issued a severe thunderstorm watch, effective until 8 p.m., for most of Massachusetts. Cape Cod is the only area not included.
The thunderstorms were expected to cap off a day of high humidity and temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s.
By Thursday morning a cold front will move in, making for a more comfortable day.
"The cold front will give us a short break from the humidity," said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist for the weather service.
The weather service had issued a tornado warning around 4:30 p.m. for areas in central and western Massachusetts, but has since cancelled it.
The weather service's Doppler radar indicated strong rotation in a storm near North Brookfield, or about 13 miles west of Worcester, at 4:55 p.m.
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