WEST CARLETON – With severe thunderstorms dotting the weather map today (Aug. 3), Environment Canada and Climate Change has now issued a Tornado Watch for West Carleton and the Ottawa Valley.
“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes,” Environment Canada released in a statement this morning (Aug. 3). “Strong winds, large hail and heavy rain are also possible.”
Along with the risk of a tornado, Environment Canada says Wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour, toonie to golf ball size hail and localized heavy downpours are possible.
Environment Canada says the watch will be active for late this afternoon in to this evening.
“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” Environment Canada said. “Tornado watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes. 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. 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.”
For more information: https://www.ontario.ca/page/be-prepared-emergency.