Sunday, April 11, 2021

Update: Severe thunderstorm warning ends across Chatham-Kent

Update #3 – The severe thunderstorm warning, thunderstorm watch and the heat warning have all ended across Chatham-Kent.


Update #2 – At 5:34 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.

A line of severe thunderstorms over Lower Michigan may cross the border into extreme Southwestern Ontario near 6:00 PM.

Wind gusts to 110 km/h are possible in the strongest thunderstorms, along with torrential downpours, and 2 cm hail is possible.

Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.


Update #1 – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued across Chatham-Kent.

At 4:46 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.

A line of severe thunderstorms over Lower Michigan may cross the border into extreme Southwestern Ontario near 6.00 PM.

Wind gusts to 110 km/h are possible in the strongest thunderstorms, along with torrential downpours. 2 cm hail is possible.

Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

For more information: http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.

Watch for updates, as this story will be updated.


Original story: A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued across Chatham-Kent.

“Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain,” Environment Canada officials said at 12:34 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

“Severe thunderstorms may move in from Michigan and Northwest Ohio later this afternoon into this evening.”

Forecasters say the main threats include damaging wind gusts to 110 km/h which may cause power outages, torrential downpours and large hail.

“Large hail can damage property and cause injury,” Environment Canada officials say.

“Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall, Environment Canada officials added.

“The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches,” forecasters say.

“Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.”

To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

For more information: http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.

This story will be updated.

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