Friday, July 19, 2013

Warnings in Southern Ontario...

It ain't over until later tonight.
In our neck of the woods the warning is:

Ottawa North - Kanata - Orléans
2:40 PM EDT Friday 19 July 2013
Severe thunderstorm warning for
Ottawa North - Kanata - Orléans continued

At 2:30 EDT, meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms extending from Georgian Bay to just west of Ottawa and into Quebec.

These are dangerous storms. A roof has been reported blown down in the Petawawa area and trees have been blown down.

The thunderstorms are moving eastward at 70 km/h and are capable of producing damaging winds as well as the threat for a tornado.

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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