WC under storm watch again this afternoon, evening

Special to WC Online

WEST CARLETON – Spring is quickly becoming storm season in West Carleton as the rural west Ottawa community finds itself under another Severe Thunderstorm Watch today (June 22).

“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and early this evening,” Environment Canada released in a statement today (June 22).

The weather front the weather prognosticators are tracking is not expected to be as sever as that experienced on May 21 or predicted last week, but will still feature strong winds.

“These storms are capable of producing strong wind gusts of 80 kilometres per hour, hail size up to two centimetres and heavy rain.

“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” Environment Canada said. “Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.”

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.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca.

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

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