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Today is a Severe Weather Alert Day

Afternoon storm intensity depends on how much sunshine we see later this morning.

So far we’ve enjoyed partly sunny skies with quickly warming temperatures into the 70s. Late morning through midday I expect showers, downpours and thunderstorms. These storms should mostly be non-severe and may put a temporary delay on strong or severe thunderstorms for this afternoon.

After the late morning wet weather pushes out, I expect drier air and brighter weather which could trigger a redevelopment of thunderstorms from mid-afternoon onward.

Storms this afternoon will bring many threats. The main threat is for damaging winds which could bring down trees and power lines. Hail is a secondary threat and could occur if any individual storm cells form. We cannot rule out an isolated tornado this afternoon somewhere in western Massachusetts.

Today is a day to be weather aware. Make sure that you have a way to be informed about changing weather conditions whether you’re at home, or on the move.

The 22News Storm Team, if necessary, will run crawls at the bottom of your screen and will cut in to programming in order to provide critical storm information in order to keep you safe. If you lose power, we will keep you informed using our mobile app.

We’ll be taking you step by step through today’s weather on 22News during the Today Show, and on 22News at Noon.

..Potential significant severe weather outbreak with scattered to numerous strong to severe thunderstorms remains likely across much of Southern New England particularly north and west of a Boston to Providence line but potentially affecting an area as far south and east as the Cape Cod Canal. Damaging winds, large hail and urban and poor drainage flooding are the main threats but an isolated tornado or two remains possible. Evolution of severe weather potential still has some uncertainty but confidence has increased since Monday Evening.. Read more [+]

 

Henry Street in Amherst reopens after school bus struck utility pole

No students were hurt in the accident

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Henry Street in Amherst has reopened after a school bus went off the road and struck a utility pole around 1:30 Monday afternoon, knocking down wires in the crash.

Amherst Police Lt. Ronald Young says that there were students on the bus at the time, but no injuries were reported. The children were brought back to the Fort River Elementary School to be reunited with their parents.

Henry Street reopened around 11:00pm Monday.14 homes lost power due to this crash. According to Eversource, all power has since been restored.

The bus driver’s name is not being released at this time.

 

How safe do you feel at work?

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – According to a new CareerBuilder Survey, 23% of people say they’d be in trouble in a workplace emergency because they wouldn’t know what to do.

30% of people also don’t feel their workplace is well protected from a physical threat from another person.

One local Greenfield business told 22News, they make sure their employees know exactly what to do in cases of emergencies.

“We’re in here training everybody on how to use a fire extinguisher, okay, we have someone who comes in every year to talk to us about sexual harassment policies, we have people coming in here telling us what to do in case of an emergency, where to go, what exit to go out, what to do, how to help,” said Tom Dillion of Chevrolet in Greenfield.

The national online survey included more than 3,000 full-time, U.S. workers from different backgrounds and industries. However, the survey also says that 90% of people say they feel their office is a secure place to work.

 
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