The National Weather Service classifies a thunderstorm as severe when it’s capable of producing wind gusts of 58 mph or higher, hail of an inch in diameter, and possibly a tornado.
When a severe thunderstorm or tornado is reported or indicated by radar a warning is issued by our local National Weather Service offices in Norton, Massachusetts and Albany, New York.
In fact last week a Tornado Warning was issued for eastern Hampden County. Fortunately a tornado did not touch down but some areas did see some large hail.
Flash flooding is the number one cause of death associated with thunderstorms. Remember if you come across a road covered by water “turn around, don’t drown”.
Lightning is the number two weather related killer. You can be struck by lightning 10 miles away. Remember “when thunder roars, go indoors”.
A weather radio is a good thing to have to alert you of severe weather and remember you can always download the 22News Storm Team Weather app for the latest watches and warnings and to see the latest radar.
If there is a threat for dangerous weather conditions the 22News Storm Team will declare a Weather Alert or a Severe Weather Alert.