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    Severe storm warnings issued around Mass., N.H.

    Thunderstorms are rolling through various areas of Massachusetts this afternoon, in some cases dropping hailstones the size of nickels or even quarters.

    As of about 4:30 p.m., severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued for areas in Barnstable, Plymouth, Hampden, Worcester, and Norfolk counties. Marine warnings were also issued as the storms moved offshore.

    Weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson said this morning that the storms should move through relatively quickly.


    “By sunset, it should be pretty much over,” Simpson said.

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    Friday was expected to be sunny, with a low risk of showers and temperatures in the low 80s. This weather pattern is expected to continue through the weekend and early next week, the weather service said.

    “There may be a few showers tomorrow, but overall nice stuff for a nice three- or four-day period,” Simpson said.

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