Boston Tornado Watch: Eight Massachusetts Counties On Alert For Severe Weather

06/01/2011 03:12 pm ET | Updated Aug 01, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Boston as hazardous weather forms in the northeast United States.

THE MAIN THREATS FROM THESE POSSIBLE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE FROM LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS. ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT
THROUGH 8 PM EDT.

In total, seven Massachusetts counties are under a tornado watch, including Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester.

The tornado watch, which is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight, covers eight states, from Maine to New Jersey, and includes New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Providence and Hartford.

The Associated Press reports that these areas could experience winds up to 70 mph as well as golf ball-sized hail.