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A large portion of New England is under a tornado watch due to severe storms.

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Forecasters have warned that as strong storms move through the region this Sunday afternoon, parts of New England are under tornado watches and warnings.

A widespread section of New England is under a tornado watch that has been issued by the National Weather Service and is expected to last until 8 p.m. ET. Particular warnings are in effect for certain counties in Vermont and New York. Hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter and winds as high as 70 miles per hour are possible in certain regions.

In addition, a Special Weather Statement warning of strong thunderstorms in Vermont has been issued by the weather service. “Up to 10 miles can separate a lightning strike from its parent thunderstorm. You are close enough to be struck by lightning if you can hear thunder,” the message said.

This storm activity is a part of a tumultuous weather week that has seen flooding in South Dakota and Iowa, excessive heat advisories and warnings affecting over 100 million people, and high temperatures across huge sections of the country.

The Northeast could see some reprieve from the heat this week, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. Highs are predicted to drop from record highs but still approach the 90s.

Differentiating between Tornado Watches and Warnings:

  • A tornado watch is a warning that tornadoes are probable within or close to the watch region, issued by the National Weather Service. When a warning is issued or a tornado is thought to be approaching, it acts as a reminder to be ready and take immediate action.
  • Tornado Warning: This is a more severe and urgent alert that indicates there is an impending risk to life and property due to the sighting or indication of a tornado by weather radar. As soon as possible, residents in the impacted region should relocate indoors to a room on the lowest floor of a substantial building and stay away from windows. If you’re in a mobile home or car, look for a strong shelter to keep the flying debris away from you.

As these storms develop, keep informed and safe.

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