Metro

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Western Mass. until midnight

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch, effective until midnight tonight, for the western part of the state.

The forecasters say a line of strong to severe thunderstorms may work its way into Western New England after 10 p.m. and then weaken as it moves east.

The main threat from the storm will be strong to damaging straight-line wind gusts, the forecasters said in a Web posting. They also warned of brief torrential rain.

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Areas in the watch include Greenfield, Northampton, and Springfield.

The watch was issued a day after a series of violent storms rumbled through the state. Forecasters said one storm generated a microburst, or sudden downdraft in Bedford, that toppled trees with winds of up to 100 miles per hour.