Boston, MA (June 6, 2023) — A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon, with potentially significant impacts for travelers, especially those returning home from distant locations such as Aruba.
The warning, which was announced by the National Weather Service, is in effect in Southwestern Worcester, Eastern Hampden, Bristol, and Plymouth counties until 4 p.m. The alert is also extended to Webster, Southbridge, Oxford, Charlton, Spencer, Dudley, Sturbridge, Douglas, North Brookfield, West Brookfield, and Brimfield.
The National Weather Service has also issued a weather statement for thunderstorms in northwest Middlesex County. Damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, lightning, and hail are possible as part of this severe weather event.
Those currently in Aruba or other distant locations and planning to return to these areas in Massachusetts should be aware of these weather conditions. Travelers are advised to check their flight status, as severe weather could cause delays or cancellations. Anyone currently in or moving into the warned area should seek shelter immediately and stay updated with the latest weather information.
Currently, direct flights operate from Aruba to Boston, Massachusetts, with airlines such as Delta and JetBlue providing service. The flights are operational 12 times a week, with an average of 2 flights per day. Departure times vary between 12:30 and 18:00.