CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Tornado Watch issued by the National Weather Service on Friday for all of western Massachusetts has been cancelled. A tornado watch is issued when conditions exist in which there is a risk for tornadoes. It is different from a Tornado Warning, which means that a tornado is already happening, or is imminent.
If a Tornado Warning is issued, you should take shelter. The safest place to be on the lowest story of your house. If you do not have a basement, get to an interior room of your house, and stay away from windows.
22News Storm Team declared Friday a Severe Weather Alert Day due to the potential for a few strong or severe storms from the afternoon into the evening. The afternoon thunderstorms were isolated and some scattered strong to severe storms are possible through midnight.
- 5pm-Midnight: Widespread Rain & Thunderstorms Arrive from West to East
- After Midnight: Drying Out
- Frequent Lightning
- Heavy Rain Leading to Street Flooding
- Damaging Winds
- Lower Risk for Hail
- Very Low (but not zero) Risk for a Tornado
- All of Western Massachusetts is at risk for strong or severe storms
- The severe thunderstorm threat decreases as you head east out of Western Massachusetts
Uncertainty is decreasing as most of the ingredients for severe weather are coming together.
- Different types of lightning strikes
- Staying safe during thunderstorms
- Weather Watches and Warnings: What’s the difference?
- Protecting your home from lightning
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