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Severe weather hitting parts of Mass., R.I., and Conn.

An unidentified woman and a child sought shelter under newspapers as she searched for her car keys near North Station today. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Photo)
An unidentified woman and a child sought shelter under newspapers as she searched for her car keys near North Station today. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Photo)

It has been a crazy weather afternoon across much of southern New England as a fast-moving storm system moved across the state from west to east.

With it were not only drenching rains and winds gusting above 50 mph, but also constantly changing National Weather Service postings ranging from tornado watches to tornado and thunderstorm warnings to marine weather warnings for boaters off the Massachusetts and Rhode Islands coasts.

One minute it would be black skies and pouring rain, but as quickly as they came the skies then would suddenly clear and the sun would be out again.

The stormy weather hit the Greater Boston area as the afternoon commute was moving into high gear, making driving difficult.

At 4:30 the Doppler Radar showed most of the stormy weather moving over the North Shore and out to sea, but to the west a new band of showers was developing both in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

The storm systems started moving into western Massachusetts during the noon hour and continued eastward at about 35 mph.

At one point a tornado warning was issued for communities north of Worcester, but it was canceled a short time later.

Meanwhile on the immediate Massachusetts coastline, most of the day was producing another weather story, as a cold front coming down from Maine was producing temperatures of only about 50 degrees. Inland they were running in the upper 60s.

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