June 1, 2011

Maine under tornado watch as storms abound

By John Richardson jrichardson@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Thunderstorms with heavy downpours continue to break out around Maine. Radar shows storm cells now in northern Cumberland County and the Augusta area.

No tornadoes have been reported in Maine, although a tornado watch remains in effect for most of the state until 8 p.m.

The unsettled weather is causing problems for athletic teams this afternoon.

Jack Hardy, assistant principal at Falmouth High School, pulled the kids off the baseball and softball fields this afternoon.

"We were looking at Doppler radar and saw a good-sized cell, with a tornado warning. We took the kids inside because we really don't feel safe with them staying in the dugout," Hardy said.

3:27 p.m.

Most of Maine is under a tornado watch this afternoon as power thurnderstorms continue to break out around the state, according to the National Weather Service station in Gray.

The watch area extends from New Jersey all the way north to Canada and includes all of Maine  except for the Washington County region. The unsettled weather is the result of a strong cold front moving offshore, creating violent weather ahead of the front.

Scattered thunderstorms have been moving through the state since this morning, when lightning and heavy downpours passed through the Brunswick and Augusta regions.

The tornado watch is expected to last until 8 p.m.

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