National Weather Service issues tornado, hail, storm warning

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MAINE – The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration National Weather Service has issued extreme weather warnings for most of the state today, as a powerful storm system lashes the northeast.

The NWS storm prediction center’s warning is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday afternoon. It warns of wind gusts up to 70 mph in strength, hail up to 1 inch in diameter and dangerous lightning. It also marks out a “tornado watch area.”

“THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES NORTHWEST OF PORTLAND MAINE TO 40 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF BANGOR MAINE.”

That region covers most of western Maine. A tornado watch means that “conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms,” and that people should be alert to the dangers of those effects.

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