Northern New England braces for East Coast storm
GRAY, Maine—A tornado watch was posted in Vermont as a late-summer storm blustered up the East Coast on Saturday.
No watches had been issued in Maine or New Hampshire Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. But high surf advisory was in effect until Sunday evening along beach areas of New Hampshire. The high surf advisory extending into Maine also included threats of lightning strikes.
But southern portions of New England -- western Connecticut and Massachusetts -- did have tornado watches.
In Maine, forecasters said thunderstorms packing high winds could hit much of the state. Meteorologist Tom Hawley said New Hampshire can't rule out a severe front moving through about midnight.
"I will be shocked if any points east of the Penobscot (River in eastern Maine) will get severe weather," Hawley said.
The weather service said people in the advisory areas should prepare for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. A watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
In New York City on Saturday, a tornado hurled debris in the air and knocked out power.