A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Andover through 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service in Taunton issued the watch at 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday. A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of a severe thunderstorm, including heavy rain, strong wind gusts, dangerous lightening and small hail.
The watch covers 13 of the state’s 14 counties.
In a special weather statement issued 16 minutes after the watch was issued, the weather service said that a “line of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms will move across much of Southern New England this afternoon.”
Concern was centered on a line of storms that stretched from the Vermont-Massachusetts border across to Manchester and Portsmouth, N.H. and were moving southeast at 35 miles per hour.
The storms have the potential to become severe and produce damaging wind gusts and large hail, in addition to frequent lightning and torrential rainfall,” according to the special weather statement.
The line of storms, if it continues on its path, is expected to reach the coast at about 4 p.m.
If a storm is approaching, the weather service said to get inside. The heavy rain from the storm may also cause minor street flooding as well as flooding in low-lying areas.