Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Thunderstorm watch ends in Chatham-Kent

Update # 3 at 6:31 p.m. – The severe thunderstorm watch has ended in Chatham-Kent.


Update #2 at 5:11 p.m. – The severe thunderstorm warning has ended across Chatham-Kent.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm watch remains in tact.


Update #1 at 4:28 p.m. – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued in Chatham-Kent.

Here are the details from Environment Canada:

A cluster of thunderstorms generally from Thamesville to Newbury will give heavy downpours this afternoon. The main threats are heavy downpours and wind gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour. 30 to 50 millimetres falling within an hour are also locally expected.

Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Avoid driving through water on roads.

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


A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect across Chatham-Kent, as conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

“A few thunderstorms may hit severe thunderstorm warning criteria this afternoon or early this evening,” forecasters said at 3:36 p.m.

“The main threats are heavy downpours and wind gusts to 90 kilometres per hour.”

Be prepared for severe weather, Environment Canada officials say.

“Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches,” forecasters say.

“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.

This story will be updated.

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