The National Weather Service has upgraded a that was issued Wednesday afternoon to a Tornado Warning for parts of Norfolk County, including Canton.
The Town of Canton used its phone alert system to warn residents of the severe weather tonight. The message warns residents to get to the "lowest interior room in their house" if a tornado hits.
The alert warned residents of weather "that may include super-cell thunder storms, high winds and even possible tornadoes."
A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado may have touched down or is expected to develop due to severe weather. Officials advise people in these areas to be on the lookout for “threatening weather conditions” and to listen for additional announcements and possible warnings during this time period.
The warning states, "The National Weather Service Doppler Radar was tracking a tornado near Brimfield (at about 5:09 p.m.), or 19 miles northwest of Putnam, moving east at 40 miles per hour. This is an extremely dangerous tornado with a history of major damage in the Springfield area."
The Tornado Watch that was issued earlier on Wednesday remains in effect until 8 p.m. for the state.
Meanwhile, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has also been issued for parts of Norfolk County and surrounding areas.
The thunderstorm is "capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour," the warning stated. The storm was located 18 miles northwest of Worcester and moving east at 40 miles per hour.
"This storm was showing signs of strengthening and could produce a tornado at any time," the warning stated.
Patch Editor Lisa Gentes contributed to this report.