Two tornadoes have hit towns and cities in southern and eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.
The service confirmed that a second tornado to move through Massachusetts touched down in Weymouth Friday morning, when severe weather moved throughout southern New England. Hours earlier, it had announced a separate tornado hit the southern towns of North Attleboro and Mansfield.
The strength and path of the tornados was not immediately clear.
Rhode Island was been affected by tornadoes Friday. One threatened the central town of Johnston. The service said it was moving northeast at 30 mph, and warned that it could cause damage and flying debris and that quarter-size hail was possible.
Flash flood warnings were issued from Boston and Cambridge out to Grafton and parts of northern Rhode Island until late Friday morning.
A tornado warning had been in effect for parts of Rhode Island and central and southeastern Massachusetts.
Other parts of New England also saw thunderstorms or were under flood watches. Rockingham and Strafford counties in New Hampshire were both under flood watches.
The National Weather Service reported rain was expected in Vermont into Saturday, with some areas getting as much as an inch. The state has already coped with extensive flooding this summer.
This article was originally published on August 18, 2023.