Severe storms possible Wednesday afternoon in parts of Hartford County

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Severe thunderstorms are possible in northern Connecticut late Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

A severe thunder watch is in effect for Hartford and Tolland until 10 p.m.

The storms could produce damaging wind gusts and a tornado, and localized flooding is possible. The areas that may be affected are Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties.

“A cold front approaching southern New England late this afternoon will trigger a line of thunderstorms that could produce severe weather,” the service said in a 10:30 a.m. alert. “The line is expected to reach northwest Massachusetts around 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. and progress slowly eastward into northern and central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut this evening.”

The storms should weaken as they approach Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.

Christine Dempsey may be reached at cdempsey@courant.com.

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