Hazardous weather alert for western Mass

For the Gazette
Published: 8/1/2018 12:21:32 PM

NORTHAMPTON – The area could see strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, according to a hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service. 

“There is a risk that a few of the storms could become severe,” said meteorologist Hayden Frank, of the weather service in Taunton. “It’s possible that a very localized area in western Mass could experience some straight line wind damage, or even a low risk for a tornado.”

A main concern is the risk of flooding due to excessive rainfall, especially in urban corridors. Gusty winds are also possible, according to the weather alert, which is in effect for all of western Massachusetts through Saturday. 

The National Weather Service reports that widespread severe weather is not expected, but that the potential for localized damaging wind gusts exists. The main time of concern is Wednesday between noon and 6 p.m. to the northwest of the Boston to Providence corridor, with the greatest risk across the interior of Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

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