Severe Thunderstorms, Isolated Tornado Could Hit Massachusetts

Happy summer.

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Hope you didn’t get too accustomed to all that sun last week.

Severe weather is on the way, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warned in a notice Sunday night. The National Weather Service is forecasting an “active period of hazardous weather” across the region starting Monday afternoon. Western Mass. is at greatest risk of severe weather, MEMA says, while the eastern part of the Bay State can expect only a “marginal risk.”

“Numerous showers and thunderstorms with areas of torrential rainfall are expected to overspread the region starting in the mid to late afternoon hours tomorrow and continuing well into the overnight hours, possibly accompanied by damaging winds, hail, and possibly even an isolated tornado,” MEMA said in its notice.

A Flash Flood Watch is currently in effect for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and northern Middlesex counties through Tuesday morning. The strongest storms are expected to bring lightning strikes and 40-60 mile-per-hour wind gusts, with quarter-sized hail also a possibility.

So hunker down and maybe catch up on the Handmaid’s Tale.