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Tornado Watch Issued For Tewksbury, Eastern Mass.

Jun 23, 2015 04:46PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Tewksbury and all of Central and Eastern Mass. through 11 p.m. this evening.
According to the NWS, the highest risk for severe weather and a potential tornado is through 8 p.m. to the north and west of Boston, an area that includes Tewksbury and most of the Merrimack Valley.
Oddly, the severity of the weather is tied to the amount of sunshine that preceded the storm front. According to the NWS, if enough sunshine occurs, severe thunderstorms will be able to produce damaging straight line wind gusts and large hail. isolated wind gusts of more than 70 MPH are possible and hail the size of golf balls are possible.
An isolated tornado may occur.
Drainage flooding from heavy rains is also possible.
As of 4:47 p.m., the latest forecast calls for:
AFTERNOON: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 85. Southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
TONIGHT: 
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 60. West wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
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