WEST CARLETON – Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a Tornado Watch today (July 13) for eastern Ontario including Lanark County.
“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes,” Environment Canada released in a statement just after 11 a.m. today. “Strong winds and heavy rain are also possible. 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.”
Environment Canada says wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour are possible.
The watch is in effect from late morning to late afternoon.
“The threat should end by late afternoon,” Environment Canada said. “Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.”
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,” Environment Canada said. “Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”