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Owen Wolter

Thursday April 18th, 2013

Posted at 2:16pm

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Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Windsor-Essex. This means the development of severe thunderstorms is imminent in our area.

Environment Canada says:

At 1:50 PM EDT, meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, torrential downpours, and frequent cloud to ground lightning.

These storms are moving eastward at 80 km/h and are expected to cross the border from Michigan beginning just after 2:45 PM.

Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

Strong wind gusts and hail can damage property and cause injuries. Local downpours can cause flash floods.

Go indoors and move away from windows and skylights. Avoid areas of the building that could be affected by falling debris such as tree limbs. Stay on the lower floor of your home or building and if the storm is particularly severe go to the basement.

Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away.

Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.

In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.

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