Tornado Watch Lifted For Hartford County

HARTFORD — A cold front that moved across New England Friday dumped rain in some spots, but did not cause much trouble in central Connecticut. The intensity of the front caused the National Weather Service to issue a tornado watch for much of Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

The watch was lifted for Litchfield County shortly after 9 p.m. and for Hartford County about 9:20 p.m. The watch for Fairfield and New Haven counties expired at 10 p.m.

The heavy rains caused localized flooding.

A tornado watch means that the conditions are favorable to the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes. It does not mean a tornado is imminent.

Strong thunderstorms hammered New York state, Berkshire County, Mass., and parts of western Connecticut. The weather service issued several severe thunderstorm warnings after Doppler radar showed storm systems moving west from New York state.

A tornado touched down in Windsor and continued into Windsor Locks and East Windsor three years ago Friday. The tornado ripped shade tobacco netting from fields, tore apart an inflatable sports dome and took down trees and power lines on July 1, 2013.

The remainder of the July 4 weekend is expected to be pleasant. The National Weather Service forecast mostly sunny conditions Saturday with temperatures in the low 80s. Saturday night is expected to be clear with temperatures in the low 60s. Similar conditions are forecast for Sunday and Monday.

A lack of rain over the last several weeks led the state Department of Public Health to issue a drought advisory earlier this week. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the forest fire danger is high as a result of the dry weather.

DEEP officials said people should be careful when using sparklers, fireworks and other flammable materials.

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