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Lightning strikes a concern as storms roll through

Lightning strikes are a significant concern as stormy weather moves through the region on Thursday morning.

There were more than 350 strikes reported in a 30-minute span as a line up thunderstorms pushed through Massachusetts and New Hampshire during the 8 o’clock hour, Boston 25 Meteorologist Shiri Spear said.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of southern New Hampshire but it expired around 8:45 a.m.

The fast-moving, first round of storms also impacted areas including Boston, Cambridge, New Bedford, Brockton, Quincy, Lynn, Fall River, Newton, Lawrence, Somerville, Framingham, Haverhill, Waltham, Malden, Brookline, and Plymouth.

A second round of storms is expected to move through during the afternoon and evening.

Hail damage to vehicles and wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees is possible, the NWS warned.

In a statement, the NWS said, “Get indoors when you hear thunder. Do not resume outdoor activities until at least 30 minutes after the storm has passed. Do not drive through flooded roads or underpasses. Avoid low lying areas near small streams.”

For the latest updates, visit the Boston 25 Weather page.

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