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Western and Central Mass. brace for potential flash floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes

A woman made her way through the rain in Cambridge earlier this month.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

A woman made her way through the rain in Cambridge earlier this month.

Strong thunderstorms rumbled through Central and Western Massachusetts on Monday afternoon as forecasters warned of possible flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, and even tornados.

As of around 4:30 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. The weather service said there were reports of multiple trees down in Great Barrington.

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The forecasters warned of a line of thunderstorms rolling northeast across the state at 30 miles per hour, bearing 60 mile per hour winds and penny-sized hail.

Forecasters said earlier that the areas under the greatest threat of severe weather were those along and to the west of Interstate 91, forecasters wrote.

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Western Massachusetts could see between 2 and 3 inches of rain as well as wind gusts of up 40 to 60 miles per hour between 2 p.m and 10 p.m., possibly bringing down trees and power lines, forecasters wrote.

By midafternoon, the weather service had also fielded reports of trees and power lines down in several towns in Franklin County.

The severe weather is not expected to arrive in Greater Boston and the eastern part of the state, although up to a half an inch of rain will fall, according to forecasters.

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Forecasters predict scattered showers for Tuesday, but the bulk of the storms are expected to taper off by about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.
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