Weather: Storms Southern/Eastern VT into NH (6/19 AM)

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Today's activity has a better chance to turn severe than any of the storms we saw over the past week, and the rain will be heavier.

Storms are likely to rumble across the Richmond area this evening, with a potential for flash flooding, frequent lightning and a few strong gusts.

A High Rip Current risk is also in effect through Monday night for Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties in New Jersey.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 8 p.m. for portions of the Northeast. Isolated Hail and winds of 60 miles per hour are also possible.

Additionally, the Weather Service has placed a large segment of our region under a flash flood watch until 9 p.m.

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Notice an "enhanced" risk of severe weather over western MA, NW CT and southern VT as well as eastern NY and PA. However, very humid air and changes in wind direction/speed with height (known as shear) are key ingredients to making a tornado. Combined with strong solar heating through the morning, the atmosphere is becoming moderately unstable. The so-called "precipitable water" - an integrated value of how much water can theoretically rain out in any one location - is very high.

The National Weather Service expects the brunt of the storms to come sometime Sunday afternoon and evening.

There's a 30 percent chance of damaging winds, the center said.

"The really nasty weather comes after 5 p.m., 6 p.m. especially for northwest Connecticut", Haney said.

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