The National Weather Service is forecasting more wild weather to add to an already wet and messy summer, including flood watches for the Southcoast and a tornado watch for parts of northern Bristol County.
According to the Norton Bureau of the NWS, heavy rain is forecast for Sunday afternoon through evening, with a 70% to 90% chance of rain. Strong thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon, with winds gusting to 28 mph.
The NWS has issued a tornado watch for a band with high, damaging winds across eastern New England, from northern Rhode Island to central Massachusetts and southern Maine. The observation is till 3 pm
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What does a flood watch mean?
A flood watch is in effect for Greater Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton until Monday morning. A flood watch does not mean that flooding will occur, but that it is possible if it rains.
If roads are flooded, drivers should not attempt to plow their cars through the water; A vehicle can be shut down and become trapped in floodwaters. Avoid streets that are known to flood during heavy rains.
What does a tornado watch mean?
Like a flood watch, a tornado watch does not necessarily mean that a tornado will form, but that it is possible if atmospheric conditions are right. A tornado watch usually covers a large area, while a tornado warning is limited to a small area, meaning a tornado is likely or has been detected.
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What should I do if a tornado comes down?
If you are at home and a tornado forms in the area, get to the lowest level of a safe building and stay away from windows. If you are outside or in a vehicle and a tornado forms near you, get to the nearest shelter immediately and protect yourself from flying debris.
An urban myth says that the sky turns green before a tornado forms and touches down; Although this is sometimes true, it is not necessarily an indicator that a tornado will strike, and tornadoes have formed without any change in the color of the sky.
How likely is it that a hurricane will hit New England?
They are uncommon, only a few are seen each year, but have been known to occur and cause serious damage.
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