Tornado warnings expire, but officials warn of possible severe thunderstorms into the evening

Two tornado warnings were issued late this afternoon for areas in Franklin and Worcester counties in Western and Central Massachusetts as strong storms rumbled through, but there were no immediate reports of a funnel cloud touching down.

Strong storms with potentially damaging winds, hail, lightning, and rainfall may still continue into the evening, according to a tweet by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Shortly before 7 p.m., National Weather Service radar indicated a strong storm moving across the northern part of the state toward the Merrimack Valley.

People with outdoor plans this evening should make sure to have a safe place to go, the weather agency said.


Minor flooding is also possible in Western Massachusetts because more than an inch of rain fell there yesterday, forecasters said.

Some areas in Southern and Central Massachusetts were inundated with more than 3 inches of rain and quarter-sized hail Tuesday. The tornado warning issued Tuesday for the southwestern corner of the state also expired without any confirmed sightings, the agency said Tuesday night.

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