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Tornado Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a tornado watch for Westport and area until 8 p.m.

Forecasters said the risk to the Westport area is highest beginning in late afternoon.

The Weather Service said there is significant instability in the atmosphere in the Westport area which is conducive to formation of severe weather.

All residents are urged to keep in close contact with the latest weather information.

It was the first tornado watch issued for the Westport area since Sept. 28, 2010.

Last year, beginning on June 6, 2010, Westport came under four tornado watches, only one of which developed into a tornado warning.

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