February 25, 2017 3:52 pm
Updated: February 25, 2017 4:12 pm

Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Huntingdon under severe thunderstorm watch

mall chunk of ice is surrounded by a puddle during an rare January thunderstorm with heavy rain in London, Ont., Tuesday, January 29, 2013. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for certain areas of Quebec. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

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Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area Saturday afternoon.

According to the weather agency, conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.

A warning is also in place for certain regions of southeastern Ontario.

In Quebec, the affected areas include:

  • Hemmingford area
  • Huntingdon area
  • Saint-Rémi area
  • Soulanges area
  • Valleyfield – Beauharnois area
  • Vaudreuil area

The storm system could produce strong wind gusts, heavy downpours and large hail.

The agency warns that heavy rainfall can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Environment Canada is also reminding residents that lightning strikes are possible during a thunderstorm, even in the winter — and that lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

Authorities are urging citizens to stay safe.

“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!” reads a warning on the Environment Canada website.

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