Get Thunderstorm, Tornado Safety Tips as Potential Severe Weather Approaches

There is a slight risk of severe weather on Tuesday afternoon in Hamilton, according to a situational awareness statement from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) sent to Hamilton DPW Director Bill Redford.

Tornado Safety Rules

The National Weather Service on Tuesday morning issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Massachusetts until 4 p.m. The NWS Storm Prediction Center categorized Hamilton at a sight risk.

MEMA’s State Emergency Operations Center was opened at Level 2 (partial activation) at 11 a.m. to monitor the situation. In the EOC are representatives from the state Department of Transportation, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Public Health, Department of Public Utilities and State Police.

There is potential risk for severe weather will come from two rounds of storms, according to MEMA.

Thunderstorm Safety Rules

The first round entered Berkshire County and were moving at 40-50 mph from west to east and will pass off the coast early Tuesday afternoon. The primary threats with the first round of storms are frequent cloud to ground lightning, damaging winds, heavy localized rainfall and possibly hail.

A second round of more severe storms is possible later Tuesday afternoon into the evening.  The severity of the storms will be dependent upon the amount of heating that occurs after the first round of storms passes through.  The primary threats with the second round of storms are damaging winds with gusts up to 70 mph, frequent cloud to ground lightning, large hail up to the size of golf balls, periods of localized, heavy rainfall and a possible isolated tornado or two.  The highest risk for this round of severe weather today is from 2-8 p.m. There is the potential for it to impact the evening commute, according to MEMA.

Attached are safety tips related to thunderstorms and tornadoes. Those with outdoor plans today should stay in contact with the latest weather information and keep a close eye to the sky.  Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck by lightning and should seek an indoor shelter immediately.

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