May 21, 2014 1:55 pm
Updated: May 22, 2014 2:31 pm

Severe thunderstorm watches, warnings issued for southwestern Ontario


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TORONTO – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for southwestern Ontario.

Late Wednesday afternoon several thunderstorm warnings were issued for parts of southwestern Ontario, including Elgin, Simcoe and Delhi regions. They were lifted shortly after 5 p.m., but reissued just before 6 p.m. as further storms moved into the area.

  • Elgin
  • London – Middlesex
  • Sarnia – Lambton

The warnings were in place until 7:20 p.m. the severe thunderstorm was located northwest of Alvinston and was tracking southeast at 30 km/h. The storm will reach Appin near 6:20 pm and Iona near 7:00 pm.

The watch is in effect for:

  • York – Durham
  • Dunville – Caledondia – Haldimand
  • Elgin
  • Huron – Perth
  • London – Middlesex
  • Oxford – Brant
  • Sarnia – Lambton
  • Simcoe – Delhi – Norfolk
  • Windsor – Essex – Chatham-Kent

There is the chance that these thunderstorms could produce heavy downpours, strong wind gusts and large hail.

Remember to keep an eye on the sky and to be aware of the weather in your area.

As a reminder, a thunderstorm or tornado watch is issued when conditions are favourable for severe weather. A warning is when hazardous weather is imminent or occurring.

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