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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for northern Connecticut

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A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the four northern counties until 10 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for northern Litchfield County around 4:57 p.m. Tuesday, and the second tornado warning didn't expire until 6 p.m.

While there hasn't been confirmation that a tornado actually touched down in Connecticut, the same storm produced one in eastern New York.

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

National Weather Service officials said people should be on the lookout for threatening weather and to pay attention to any severe weather warnings that may be issued.

Damaging winds and hail were expected to be the primary threats, although officials were reminding residents that severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.

By definition, a severe thunderstorm is a storm that produces one inch hail or larger in diameter, and/or winds equal to or greater than 58 miles an hour.

The size of the watch can vary depending on the type of weather situation that's expected.

More strong to severe weather was expected Wednesday afternoon and residents are being urged to keep an eye to the sky and keep with the Channel 3 Early Warning Weather team for the latest.

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