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Strong thunderstorms roll through Mass., triggering tornado warnings

Strong thunderstorms rumbled through Massachusetts Thursday afternoon as forecasters warned of the possibility of tornados.

“Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will continue to advance eastward from Western New England through sundown,” National Weather Service forecasters said in a 3:30 p.m. update from the Boston area office.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said earlier, “Multiple lines/clusters of storms are expected through the afternoon. Damaging wind gusts will be the main threat, although the strongest cells may occasionally produce hail. An isolated tornado is also possible. Storms will spread eastward toward the coast by late afternoon/evening, where marine influences should temper convective intensity.”

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A severe thunderstorm that rolled along the northern part of the state from Western Massachusetts to Central Massachusetts triggered tornado warnings.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in areas throughout the region as the storms came through. And tornado warnings were also issued in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The entire region is under severe thunderstorm watches, except for areas in southern Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, and the Cape and Islands. But by late afternoon, the only big storms on National Weather Service radar were in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The Storm Prediction Center said a “wind-damage threat” would continue over those states into early evening.

It wasn’t the first severe weather of the week. The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down on Monday in Chesterfield, New Hampshire.


Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com.