Rain, thunderstorms, and other severe weather could lead to flooding, property damage, and power outages across the state on Monday, according to a notice issued Sunday evening by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
The National Weather Service has forecast showers and thunderstorms across the region beginning mid-to-late afternoon Monday and continuing into Tuesday morning, making the Monday evening commute potentially treacherous, MEMA said.
The forecast includes the possibility of lightning strikes, high winds, quarter-sized hail, and even an isolated tornado. The strongest storms are expected to include wind gusts as high as 40 to 60 miles per hour, possibly downing trees and leading to power outages and damage to buildings.
The greatest area of concern is in Western Massachusetts, where 2 to 3 inches of rain are forecast, and the danger lessens further eastward, with Eastern and Southeastern Massachusetts at only “a marginal risk for severe weather,” according to the bulletin.
A Flash Flood Watch was declared for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and northern Middlesex Counties through 4 a.m. Tuesday.