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Friday July 19th, 2013

Posted at 6:11pm

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Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Windsor-Essex.

At 7:10 PM EDT, meteorologists are tracking an area of severe thunderstorms extending from near Windsor through Toronto to north of Kingston. In addition, scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are moving eastward across Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Some of these storms are dangerous with several reports of wind damage across southern Ontario.

The individual thunderstorms are moving eastward at 80 km/h while the area of thunderstorms is sinking southward at about 30 km/hr.

The thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging winds and large hail as well as the threat for a tornado.
Torrential downpours are also associated. Some places could see local rainfall amounts of 50 mm in an hour.

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.

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