BANGOR, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for southeastern Franklin and south central Somerset counties effective until 6:45 p.m.
At 6:03 p.m., the weather service’s Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 11 miles southwest of Madison moving northeast at 30 mph. Some locations in the warning area include Anson, Madison and North Anson, the weather services’ Gray office said in an alert.
Meanwhile, the Caribou office issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southwestern Penobscot and south central Piscataquis counties, including Dexter, Guilford and Dover-Foxcroft, through 7:15 p.m.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable to producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was located 13 miles southwest Dexter and was moving northeast at 35 mph.
In addition to the tornado, the storm is capable producing baseball-sized hail and destructive straight line winds.
In addition to the tornado warning, the weather service has issued a flash flood watch Tuesday into Wednesday for much of Maine.
Showers, thunderstorms and heavy downpours are in the forecast Tuesday into Wednesday, according to the weather service, and 1 to 3 inches of rain can be expected.
The weather service said the alerts remain in effect through Wednesday night. Rapid rises on small rivers and streams throughout the state are possible.
Areas affected include Androscoggin, Cumberland, Waldo, York, Kennebec, Franklin, Oxford, Piscataquis, Penobscot, Aroostook, northern Washington and interior Hancock counties.
Residents should be prepared to take action should flash flooding occur.