The June 1, 2011 Boston weather forecast indicates strong thunderstorms are approaching southern New England, including Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston, Massachusetts.
The National Weather Service in Taunton, MA, issued a tornado watch for many southeastern areas. These strong to severe thunderstorms should reach eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm EDT. The tornado watch remains in effect until 8:00 pm.
With the recent rise in severe and devastating tornadoes in places like Joplin, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and even Vermont, people are worried about another deadly tornado in their own backyard, and understandably so. Joplin's tornado death toll has risen to 123, with another 10 missing.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts are not what you would call suburbs of "Tornado Alley" by any means. Yet, these areas do get their share of bad weatherÂ—namely hurricanes.
According to the Boston weather forecast and the Providence weather forecast, the main threats from these possible severe thunderstorms will be from large hail and damaging straight-line winds. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. The Tornado Watch remains in effect through 8:00 pm EDT.
The Rhode Island tornado watch affects Kent County and Providence County, and should occur during rush hour traffic.
The Boston tornado watch affects Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester counties.
A severe thunderstorm warning capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph has also been issued for many parts of Massachusetts as well. Please stay tuned to your local NOAA Boston Weather forecast for more details and alerts.