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Severe thunderstorm watch issued (update)

Environment Canada says strong winds, hail and heavy rain could arrive this afternoon
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***Watch was lifted at 3:03 p.m. this afternoon***

NEWS RELEASE
ENVIRONMENT CANADA

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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

Guelph - Erin - Southern Wellington County
Kitchener - Cambridge - Region of Waterloo

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon.

These thunderstorms may be capable of producing very strong wind gusts of 100 km/h, heavy downpours and hail.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If you hear thunder, then lightning is close enough to be dangerous.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

For more information: http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.

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