Tornado watch issued for eastern Ontario

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A tornado watch is in effect for eastern Ontario as of 9:10 a.m. on Thursday, Jul. 13, 2023. Environment Canada noted that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes.

“Strong winds and heavy rain are also possible,” the national weather agency said. “A few tornadoes will be possible across eastern Ontario late this morning and this afternoon. While tornadoes usually occur with thunderstorms, it is possible that some tornadoes today will not be accompanied by lightning.”

According to the watch, wind gusts up to 100 km/h are possible, and the threat should end by late afternoon.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches,” Environment Canada advised.

“In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet,” the weather agency continued. “Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”

Tornado warnings are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes.

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