Thunderstorms sweep through state

Many trees were down in Revere after powerful thunderstorms that also brought a tornado.
Many trees were down in Revere after powerful thunderstorms that also brought a tornado.SCOTT LAPIERRE/GLOBE STAFF

Strong storms rumbled again through Massachusetts, hours after after an earlier set of storms spawned a destructive tornado this morning in Revere.

The National Weather Service briefly issued a tornado warning for the area around Worcester late this afternoon, after forecasters saw a powerful system moving through the area. And though the warning expired, a severe storm thunderstorm watch remains in place for much of Massachusetts.

Various severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued late this afternoon. The latest, effective until 6:45 p.m., focused on Essex County, saying the weather service was monitoring a storm capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.


The service warned people in places including Haverhill, Methuen, Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, Boxford, Newbury, Groveland, Merrimac, and West Newbury to keep an eye to the sky.

The forecasters issued an urban and small stream flooding advisory effective until 8:15 p.m. for areas in Essex County and northeastern Middlesex County.

The cold front causing these storms will move out of the region overnight, weather service meteorologist Kim Buttrick said early this afternoon, bringing “drier and less humid air” for the rest of the week.

By Tuesday, skies will be mostly sunny, a condition that is expected to continue throughout the week. Temperatures “are going to be near or slightly below seasonable” norms, Buttrick said, referring to high temperatures in the upper 70s.

More showers could potentially move in by Saturday.